Jon Moxley Opens Up About Going Through “Personal Hell” Leading To Rehab

Jon Moxley talking into mic

One of the biggest names in professional wrestling today, Jon Moxley’s rise to stardom began in World Wrestling Entertainment when he would be known as Dean Ambrose and a part of The Shield.

During his time in WWE, he would have a stint as WWE Champion, three runs as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, another one as the WWE United States Champion, and would also be a two-time WWE Raw Tag Team Champion.

To most fans of professional wrestling, however, the peak of Jon Moxley’s career has been in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where he is the current AEW World Champion and is a three-time holder of the belt. Back in February 2020, Moxley would begin his first stint as the champion, defeating Chris Jericho to win the title. Fans also give Moxley the credit for carrying the company through the COVID-19 pandemic, performing in an empty Daily’s Place amphitheater in Jacksonville.

However, Jon Moxley’s lifestyle of work-hard, play-hard caught up with him eventually, and in late 2021, although he was scheduled for a televised tournament match, he decided to leave AEW and entered rehab for alcohol addiction.

“Over a year ago, I was afraid of dying of a seizure in the ring. I had that on my mind every day. It was all (messed) up, and going through an absolute personal hell for a long time that nobody else even knew about. When you’re scared for your actual life, to make the decision to go to rehab and (stuff) was basically – I had to basically assume I’m giving everything away. I was like, OK, I’m either going to live a long, happy life and raise my kid and be a person, or I can wrestle. But I can’t have both.”