“Like I Was Some Idiot” – Jon Moxley Reveals When WWE Snubbed and Stole His Idea for a Match

Published 02/21/2021, 6:30 AM EST
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)


Former AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley, will take on current Champion, Kenny Omega, in a mega battle. Before he made headlines on Dynamite, Moxley rose to prominence in WWE as Dean Ambrose. However, he left because of creative differences.

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In a recent interview with Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, Moxley spoke about the time when WWE Heavyweights Vince McMahon and Triple H blatantly ‘stole’ from him.

Moxley’s idea for a match was snubbed but was used in a later match when Moxley left the company. He wanted to tear the canvas of the ring with a box cutter in a Hell in a Cell match.

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“I once suggested exposing the ring by tearing the ring canvas with a Boxcutter for my Hell In a Cell match against [Seth] Rollins. Vince looked confused and said the people wouldn’t get it, while Hunter rolled his eyes,” said Moxley.

They looked at me like I was some idiot. Hunter liked thumbtacks when it was Cactus [Jack] making him look good and putting him over. He loved thumbtacks back then. Whatever, dude.

However, Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa used the same spot a few years later at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV in a Last Man Standing match.

Jon Moxley will deliver his best at the upcoming deathmatch in AEW

On the last episode of AEW Dynamite, Omega announced that he will face Moxley in a never-before-seen Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch on the Revolution PPV next month.

In the same interview, Moxley revealed AEW management and Tony Khan brought in the idea of a deathmatch to him. As “a death match connoisseur,” Moxley jumped at the idea.

As a fan, I’ve seen these exploding deathmatches, with Onita and Terry Funk. Never would have expected in a million years I’d do one in AEW. When this was brought to me, quite some time ago actually, I’m not going to turn that down, hell no.

Because of his disappointments with WWE, Moxley made sure of what the expectations were from the very beginning.

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“Be careful what you wish for because I’m not in the business of under-delivering promises to people anymore,” he told Tony.

While discussing the match itself, Moxley says everything is possible. Kenny Omega and Moxley will do their best to “see where this ranks on the list of all the former exploding matches that we have to live up to.”

What are your thoughts on the impending deathmatch? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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