Jon Moxley’s departure from WWE has allowed him to explore new opportunities. Since leaving, he has appeared in both New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) and All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Despite a roster showing off Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Cody, and The Young Bucks, he was an undeniably significant acquisition for the burgeoning AEW.
According to Jim Ross, he may just be the “biggest get” for them.
Speaking to SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio, Ross explained how Moxley’s presence in the locker room will bolster the company, both backstage and in the ring.
“[…] it’s the biggest get yet, for us,” Ross claimed. “Because of the timeliness of him coming fresh off WWE television, I know he wasn’t always overwhelmed with his creative, but he got a lot of TV time, he has a lot of name amenity, and more importantly he’s young, athletic, and passionate. And he seemingly comes into work with a chip on his shoulder, he’s perpetual motion at TV, he’s full of energy. He’s a big get, man.”
“They Ain’t Been To The Big Dance, Yet”
Looking to the future, Ross opens up about the reality facing the locker room when AEW debut on TNT.
“They [the AEW roster] may have great reputations in the independent scene. They may have cult followings with a small smattering of fans here, there, and yon because of their work in the indies, but they ain’t been to the big dance, yet,” Ross explained.
“We’re gonna get them to the big dance in October when we go on TNT every week. Live television, prime time, every week, in October. So hopefully we can help continue to mold, mentor, coach ’em up, be a good listener, give ’em some love and some positive attention and motivation, and by October, whoever sticks with the roster by then, is going to have a whole different perspective.”
He stressed that come October, the entire roster are in for a shock if they aren’t prepared for the schedule and reality of what a live TV show entails, and so they are working towards helping them adjust to that ahead of time.