Jon Moxley has opened up on what he was dealing with during his time in rehab, and some shocking advice he was given.
AEW President Tony Khan confirmed on 3rd November 2021 that Jon Moxley had made the decision to enter rehabilitation in an effort to resolve issues with alcoholism. Just over two months later, Mox returned on the 19th January 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite, with a statement that he was going to take professional wrestling “by the balls”.
Opening up during a new interview with his wife Renee Paquette on her The Sessions podcast, the former AEW World Champion discussed the difficulties which came from withdrawal symptoms, and the physical toll taken during the detox process.
Night sweats. Like crazy nightmares. My chemicals are all imbalanced, wacky mood swings, you can attest to all that. Let’s say it hasn’t been easy.
You know, like the not drinking part is easy. It’s not like I have some desire to drink, I have no desire to drink. It’s I can’t even imagine drinking right now. So beyond like, like that the not drinking was easy, just stopped drinking. I wanted to stop drinking for a long time. I was trying to quit drinking for a long time.
Just the dealing with all the after effects of what happens to you physically, when your body goes through this crazy metamorphosis trying to re-calibrate itself has not been easy.
Continuing, Jon Moxley confirmed that one therapist gave him the advice to step away from the ring, however he didn’t feel that was necessary despite the difficulties he was still finding upon his return.
I’m on national television while I’m going through these f*cking problems. So it’s like in front of everybody except for I mean, a lot of people in my position would have been would have stayed in rehab a lot longer, would have stayed in hiding a lot longer than I was three months later.
One therapist had straight up told me to retire. Yeah, it was like start a wrestling school and train some kids, she’s like, ‘You know what the problem is? You gotta get out of it.’ I was like, I don’t think it’s that big. I mean, I was on, I went in on Halloween night, and I was back on TV in January.
But I’m just saying, you know it makes me a little self conscious, you know? I feel like everybody’s staring at me. But also I also kind of don’t give a f*ck, that was a big part about going to rehab. That’s kind of the relief of it, that like now there’s nothing to hide, to figure out. I didn’t know how people’s reaction was going to be.
Jon Moxley will take on NJPW’s Hiroshi Tanahashi at Sunday 26th June 2022’s Forbidden Door event. Despite a number of injuries wreaking havoc on the event, another top NJPW competitor was confirmed during this Wednesday’s event to be part of the showpiece.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.