Last year Jon Moxley decided to part ways with WWE when his contract expired, and shortly after he resurfaced in All Elite Wrestling.
It seems that Moxley’s current run is going well, as he’s the AEW World Champion, and it also seems that he’s happy with the creative freedom that AEW provides.
The former Dean Ambrose has been pretty open about not liking scripted promos, and during a recent interview with Busted Open Radio he noted that having his promos scripted is what really drove him crazy during his WWE run.
“If I had to boil it down to one thing that drove me crazier than anything was the fact that I got handed a script. Even in developmental…I heard the phrase ‘scripted promo,’ I always thought it was a turn of phrase, I didn’t realize – this is how naive I was – they actually script your lines, like a TV show, that blew my mind. First time they handed us a script…I thought it was like, a suggestion, like they were just kind of filling in words on the run sheet. And I’m like…’I got some cool ideas, we can say this or that, we go this new gimmick we’re doing,’ and [the writer] is like‘Oh no, this is what you’re going to say.’ And I remember having this feeling in the pit of my stomach like ‘Oh my god, I’ve made a terrible mistake.’”
Moxley also went on to say that he felt pressure to not look like a total jackass while reading promos that were written by a “74 year old mad man.”
“I’ll tell you what pressure is, pressure is having a two-page script written by a 74-year-old madman, that makes no sense to you, that’s going to make you look stupid, and you’re on worldwide TV, live, and you got to memorize every single line, and somehow try to pull it off and not look like a total jackass, that’s pressure. And a lot of times I did pull that, a lot of times I didn’t, but I’ll never have to be in that situation again. Now I just get to be me, it’s a nice feeling.”
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