The AEW World Champion Jon Moxley has a big match coming up this Saturday, November 7 at Full Gear when he defends the gold against Eddie Kingston. Moxley already beat Kingston in a match on Dynamite, but after Kingston attacked the champion again, AEW set up this “I Quit” match at Full Gear.
Moxley spoke to TV Insider’s Scott Fishman about knowing Kingston for a long time along with a lot of other topics. Here are some highlights.
“When I first heard Eddie was going to show up a few days before, I knew he would knock it out of the park. He just needed a mic. It was supposed to be a one-off, but I bet he would turn this into more. I wanted him to be in the locker room because here is a guy I kept in touch with over text messages and as much as I keep in touch with people. As I knew him, he was a guy who would never change and wasn’t fake. I have to be around straight-up regular dudes. I haven’t seen him in years. Within five minutes, it felt like I saw him yesterday. That’s what I appreciate about him.”
“For Eddie, it’s 18 years of him being chewed up and spit out in different, bad scenarios he found himself in. Grinding and working for all those years, that builds up a certain amount of frustration within you when you look at other people getting opportunities you deserve. That builds up animosity and frustration.”
Moxley had a goal for what he wanted in the match while also reflecting on what it means to be AEW World Champion.
“I would like to beat the hell out of each other, get this out of our systems and have a beer after the show. It might not go that way…I’m the sheriff around here. It’s my job to clean up the town, so I have to take out the trash. Either I get my friend back or have to kick him out.”
“Everything I’ve done to build up this championship to the number one championship in the sport. Make it a real world championship. Fighting and defending it by my personal code of conduct with pride and honor. All that is on the line here. It’s a high-stakes game.”
Cody is the AEW TNT Champion that claimed it was the most important title in wrestling in 2020. You can see the tweet below.
THE most important belt of the last year
THE belt in wrestling pic.twitter.com/aSPjBI9Mxh
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) October 26, 2020
Moxley did not agree with Cody there.
“That’s why I don’t do Twitter. Whatever, dude. I’ll classify that statement by him as inaccurate. That’s why I don’t play Twitter games.”
Moxley also spoke about what it’s like being the AEW World Champion at a time with only limited fans in the building and dealing with the global pandemic that is COVID-19.
“The way I look at it is I’m carrying the torch during a weird pandemic era. Nobody is going to look back on this time decades from now saying, ‘Remember back in the day when Moxley was champion and it was like weird with no crowds and things were f—ing strange.’ A time where we had to change the card due to someone coming in contact with someone with COVID.”
“We’re going to look back on this as a weird time, but to me it is what it is. As the good guy around here, I bring stability to an unstable world. People watch our show because they want to escape and have fun and not think about anything bad. They want us to tell stories and inspire. When you tune in to AEW, you know Jon Moxley is the f—ing world champion no matter what challenge is put in front of me. I have to keep my head held high and persevere.”
There was more to the interview as well including Moxley’s thoughts on his wife Renee Paquette releasing a cookbook next year. Check it out at TVInsider now.
I’ll have a review of AEW Dynamite on Thursday most likely, then a preview of Full Gear should be up on Friday and I’ll probably write a live review of Full Gear on Saturday as well.