Carol Cassada has a message for those upset taking issue with the tone and tenor of the Jon Moxley interviews.
When Dean Ambrose left WWE and returned to the indies as Jon Moxley, we knew he was going to make a big splash. After making his debut at Double or Nothing where he attacked Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega, a reinvigorated Moxley made it clear that AEW was his new home. Moxley’s AEW debut will go down as an historic moment in wrestling history.
Aside from being an elite member of AEW, Jon Moxley is also staying busy with a string of indie matches. This week, he’ll have his first match in New Japan Pro-Wrestling when he fights Juice Robinson for the US title. But it’s not Moxley’s upcoming matches that have him the buzz of social media.
Last week, Moxley made the media rounds on Talk Is Jericho and later Wade Keller’s podcast to discuss his time in WWE. Moxley gave listeners a look into what life was like for him in WWE. Throughout his interviews, Moxley vented about his frustrations with Vince’s creative process. While Moxley has garnered support for speaking his mind, others have criticized the star. Most of the people criticizing Moxley are loyal WWE fans, who feel that the wrestler is ungrateful and shouldn’t bash the company that made him a star.
As Moxley stated in his interview with Chris Jericho, he’s grateful for the company because he met his wife Renee Young, gained his two best friends, and earned money to help provide for his mother.
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However, Jon Moxley isn’t grateful for being made to look like an idiot in hokey segments, having all his ideas shot down, or having to deliver a promo where he says his friend deserves cancer. If you had to endure what Moxley did, you’d also find yourself mentally drained and physically ill to the point where you dreaded going into work.
At times Moxley may have came across negative in his interviews, especially when he discusses how Vince is ruining his own company and it’s time for Triple H to take over. Moxley has expressed the same sentiments as WWE fans, yet why is he being criticized for his opinion?
Maybe it’s because he’s viewed as a disgruntled ex-WWE employee? Or it could be that fans just don’t want to believe all the negativity happening within the company? Or it could be a combination of both.
With AEW now in the picture, WWE fans are more defensive than ever. I understand they want to see WWE get out of its slump and get back on top. But they shouldn’t ignore the fact that Vince and co have done some questionable stuff in the past. It’s because of Vince that the company is in a decline and unless something drastic changes, the company is going to continue towards a nosedive.
Moxley knows exactly how difficult life in WWE can be. He did nothing wrong in sharing his story, it was probably therapeutic for him to finally get all his pent up emotions out in the open Even though Moxley is working for AEW, he says that he has no hard feelings against WWE and wishes them the best, which is what everyone wants.
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!