Jon Moxley: Shield Joining Main WWE Roster Like Becoming Backstreet Boys

AEW World Champion Jon Moxley has spoken of The Shield’s quick rise from FCW to WWE, and how he had to adapt his social skills very quickly.

Jon Moxley

It was little surprise that AEW World Champion Jon Moxley was the first guest on Renee Young’s ‘Oral Sessions‘.

Young, now going by real name Renee Paquette, spoke with Mox about The Shield stepping up to the main WWE roster.

He comments how shocking it was to suddenly be recognised by everyone, almost like suddenly becoming a boy band.

When we first started doing meet and greets and stuff — like we went from being, by ‘we’ I mean the Shield — we were in FCW, in an island [of] literal nobodies; nobody knew who we were … We were absolute nobodies, nobody knew who we were. We were making gas money.

We came onto the scene, a matter of months later all of a sudden, we’re the f***ing Backstreet Boys. We’re like a f***ing boy band all of a sudden. We’re going to malls, there’s chicks going crazy. And I’m meeting all these people, and like, I didn’t know how to talk to people.

So it was very weird to me, people were like, ‘Oh my God, I love you so much!’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know you. Thank you, but–‘ I just don’t know to behave in this scenario.

This led to Mox having to adapt very quickly to being around people and interacting with them on a regular basis.

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He spoke of how being in WWE helped him learn to have better social skills.

Being in WWE kind of helped me learn, as strange as it sounds, kind of helped me learn better social skills. I learned how to talk to people I don’t know, and especially in some of these Make-A-Wishes, the person is shy. You have to make this a good experiences with them. But I got it down to a science.

They’d give me the details, I was like ‘What’s the kid’s name? Where’s he from?’ That’s alI I need to know.’ I learned how to be a person in the public eye. It took actual work. It was like, a skill to develop. The difference between me in 2011 and me now is totally different.

With thanks to 411 Mania for the transcription.