Jon Moxley might be popular among AEW’s most dedicated and committed fans, but people outside of that bubble are less convinced of his alleged greatness.
Both Moxley the wrestling character and the man behind the gimmick have become somewhat controversial in recent years. Despite his importance to AEW’s success, especially in the aftermath of All Out 2022, there has been a growing number of voices pointing out issues with Moxley’s actions and presentation.
From his overuse of blood and blading to his preference for hardcore/garbage/deathmatch-style wrestling to his seemingly random promos and messages, it has become hard to discern whether he’s supposed to be a good guy or a bad guy.
But that isn’t just an issue voiced by wrestling fans; some wrestlers and industry experts also expressed similar concerns. Such was the base with Bully Ray, who discussed his issues with Jon Moxley’s character on his Busted Open radio show.
“Last night [on Dynamite] Jon Moxley cut a very strong promo in the middle of the show, where I did not find myself wanting to see the BCC lose or the babyfaces win.
It was a strong promo. Almost like a babyface-esque promo. And then, at the end of the show, you get Jon Moxley cutting another strong promo about what we should expect and what we’re going to be getting from this Anarchy match.”
Bully Ray isn’t the only high-profile wrestling personality to question Jon Moxley’s promos and personality. His fellow ECW alumnus Paul Heyman said something similar about Moxley when he wrestled in WWE as Dean Ambrose and pointed out how Ambrose/Moxley’s disappointing match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32 may have been influenced by Moxley’s attitude going into it.
h/t WrestlingInc for the transcription