A few years ago Jon Moxley was booked to appear on the Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network when he was known as Dean Ambrose, and he happened to be the WWE Champion at the time.
Fans were looking forward to the podcast ahead of the interview, but when it finally aired the general consensus seemed to be that the interview was stiff and awkward.
Jon Moxley opened up about the interview on Wade Keller’s Pro Wrestling Podcast, and he noted that originally he was looking forward to doing the show because he thought he would be talking wrestling with Steve Austin.
However, when it came time to prep for the interview they wanted him to answer personal questions about his childhood.
“It’s an odd thing because I was really looking forward to it. I went in on my day off to do this. I was like, ‘Cool, we’re gonna like, talk wrestling.’ And I remember the producer guy, Adam Pennucci, I remember he called me like a week before to prep. And he’s trying to ask these super-personal, deep questions about like, my f**king childhood and s**t. And I was like, ‘You know, it’s kind of none of your business, man.’ Because I don’t wanna go on — If I’m gonna say some s**t about people who don’t have the same forum that aren’t there to defend themselves, you know. People from my family and stuff, like my family’s good. I don’t wanna drag up some s**t on national TV. That’s not fair to them, you know what I mean. So I go, ‘I’m not into that.’”
He went on to say that he loves Steve Austin, but he mentally shut down because of the questions that were asked, and if they were questions that were being asked during a regular interview he likely would have hung up on the person asking them.
Moxley also talked about the disconnect when Steve Austin tried to encourage him to push the envelope, noting that Superstars who currently work with WWE are doing so under different circumstances.
“And I’m not the only one of the boys who are suffering. Our whole generation is suffering with this. And guys like Steve would be, ‘Why don’t you just go off-script? Why don’t you just do like Austin 3:16?’ But the locker room, the whole situation, is different than when you [Austin] were here. You could just say Austin 3:16. I get a dumb f**king script. I’m trying to make the best of it. And like, I can’t go into all this on this podcast. I’m trying to stand up for like my generation and the boys, but I can’t get into all this right now man, like, I’m just trying to f**king — [sigh].’ It was a stopping point. I just wanted to talk about wrestling, because me and him both love wrestling. It’s why I love Steve, he’s one of my all-time favorites. But now I can get on a podcast and say whatever I want, so hit me up, Steve.”