It’s been a few months since Jon Moxley parted ways with the company, and he’s been anything but shy when it comes to talking about his reasons for leaving.
The former WWE Champion has been working with companies like AEW and NJPW, and explained to ESPN what the biggest difference is between between wrestling in WWE and NJPW.
“[In WWE,] it’s almost like Vince is in the ring with you, the producer is in the ring with you. It’s like you have two little bubbles on your shoulder, like three heads in the ring. All of a sudden when I got in the ring [in New Japan], five minutes into the match I was like, there’s no chatter. There was no producer-ref-Vince chatter. It was like silence. And I didn’t expect that. I was like, ‘Whoa, I’m alone again. It’s just me in the ring.’ And then I just started beating the [crap] out of Juice and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this is what I used to do.'”
During the interview the G1 Climax competitor also talked more about how the NJPW style is a good fit for fans who might want a little something different than sports entertainment.
“Being over there [in Japan] was like, ‘Oh, it’s just pro wrestling.’ It’s like the pro wrestling I grew up on. Pro wrestling is a sport. It’s simple. It’s a story, two guys, the conflict. We’re having a fight in the ring. Wins and losses. New Japan is very sport-centric. If you’re kind of burned out on sports entertainment and watching people have big, long diatribes in the ring and you want to get back to sweat flying, people chopping each other, suplexing each other, going for submissions, the sport of professional wrestling — if you miss that, then the G1 is gonna be for you.”
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