How Does AEW Superstar Jon Moxley Define Wrestling?

Published 05/19/2021, 12:14 PM EDT
TOKYO,JAPAN – AUGUST 11: Jon Moxley looks on during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Nippon Budokan on August 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images)

Wrestling is more than just a sport. It’s not just two people in a tussle to determine a winner, but it also involves storytelling, gimmicks and stipulations.


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As for Jon Moxley, he’s wrestled in 3 of the biggest wrestling companies in the world, so how does he define wrestling?

Jon Moxley talks about the definition of wrestling


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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 11: Jon Moxley reacts during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Nippon Budokan on August 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

In his career as a wrestler, Jon Moxley has faced the best and beaten the best. In WWE, he wrestled alongside Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to create one of the greatest factions of all time.

At AEW, he became their most important superstar and carried it throughout the pandemic. In NJPW, Moxley became one of the best gaijin [foreign] wrestlers the company’s ever seen. However, he still cannot define wrestling.

In an interview with Gary Cassidy of Inside the Ropes, Jon Moxley talks about the correct definition of wrestling.

“People try to put wrestling in a box and people try to define what wrestling is or is supposed to be–it’s not supposed to be anything, it doesn’t have to be anything. It can be a bunch of different types of things.

“You know, people say it’s entertainment, people say it’s sport, people say it’s theatre, people say it’s art, people say it’s performance art and then people get mad about that.

“I don’t necessarily call it that, but I don’t call it anything. I don’t know what to call it. It’s just it’s wrestling!”

What’s next for Moxley in AEW?

Coming off a huge title feud with Kenny Omega that he lost, Jon Moxley found himself in another title feud. This time, his eyes are on the Young Bucks’ AEW World Tag Team Championships.

The Bucks captured the belts from FTR in 2020 when they were still babyfaces, but they’ve had a much needed change in personality.

Matt and Nick Jackson turned heel by betraying Jon Moxley during their 6-man tag team match against Omega and the Good Brothers.

This led to Moxley reuniting with his former friend-turned-rival Eddie Kingston, who saved him from the explosion at AEW Revolution.


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Now, Moxley and Kingston have set their eyes on the Young Bucks’ titles and challenged them to a match at Double or Nothing. Moxley gets a chance to join Kenny Omega as the two men to win both singles and tag team gold in AEW.

As for the Bucks, they’ll use their momentum gained from beating SCU to beat their most formidable challenge.


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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.