AEW World Champion Jon Moxley’s switch to the organisation from WWE seems to have been a positive move for the former Shield member.
The move seems to have allowed the former Dean Ambrose a chance to blossom with more freedom during his promos in AEW, something he recently spoke about in an interview with Busted Open Radio.
Indeed, one of Moxley’s key merchandise lines is ‘Unscripted Violence’, and it would seem it’s not just the violence he wants unscripted, using the interview to discuss what it was like being handed scripts in WWE.
If I had to boil it down to one thing that drove me crazier than anything, it was the fact that I got handed a script. I thought it was like, a suggestion, like they were just filling in words on the runsheet. 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.’
Clearly when it comes to creative in WWE, the buck stops with Vince McMahon, and Moxley was clearly not keen on how strict he was with wrestlers sticking to scripts.
Moxley calls McMahon ‘a 74-year-old madman’ with the upshot of the scripts often being that the wrestler runs the risk of looking stupid on live TV.
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. You got to memorise every single line and somehow pull it off and not look like a total jack*ss. 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.