Jon Moxley has candidly discussed his sobriety and the struggles he faces every day.
Back in November 2021, Moxley was removed from AEW television and Tony Khan confirmed the star had entered an alcohol rehabilitation program. He stayed out of the spotlight for the remainder of the year, eventually returning to action the following January, despite his therapist telling him to retire.
Speaking in a new interview with The Messenger, Moxley gave a stunningly honest assessment of his life since getting sober. The former World Champion explained that while it’s been a positive experience, it hasn’t come without difficulties.
It’s f—ing hard. It’s not the same hell as before, but it’s a completely different challenge every single day where you don’t know what direction it might go in. I would love to give you like a positive, self-help book-type answer or something about f—ing sunshine and rainbows and fairies and sh–, but that’s really not reality.
It’s been good on the whole, it’s been good. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. But, you know, you will pay for it on the other side, your choices you make in your life. You f— up your brain chemistry. It takes a lot of time for your body and the physical damage you’ve done to yourself to regulate itself. I’m not always the easiest person to be around. I have crazy mood swings and sh– like that.”
Moxley admitted that he used to envy people living “normal lives.”
“I used to envy people who were living normal lives and not going through the same sh– that I was going through. Now I still kind of envy people who aren’t going through the same sh– I’m going through. It’s just different sh–.”
The star added that he’s now seeing the world more clearly than ever — something that has lowered his tolerance for wrestling “bullsh*t” even further.
“Pro wrestling specifically is full of bullsh– and bullsh–ters,” he said. “I’ve always had a very low tolerance for bullsh–. But now it’s f—ing non-existent, my level of patience for bullsh–,”
Moxley went on to credit his wife Renee Paquette with saving his life, commenting that he’s got no plans to retire.
Jon Moxley Pushing AEW To Sign Top Free Agent
Since signing with AEW in 2019, Jon Moxley has established himself as one of the most important figures on the roster. The star is the company’s only three-time men’s World Champion and has become its go-to man in times of trouble.
As such, Moxley’s word carries a lot of weight.
It’s recently been reported that the star is pushing for the company to sign Sami Callihan now he’s left IMPACT Wrestling. The former IMPACT World Champion became a free agent at the end of September.
The pair teamed regularly on the independent scene between 2009 and 2011 as The Switchblades and reunited for two matches in 2022.