While the world is still buzzing about Jon Moxley's shocking debut at All Elite Wrestling's (AEW) premiere event last week, "Double or Nothing," the wrestler himself doesn't really remember it.
"It's actually kind of a blur. It was very surreal. It was a great feeling. It was probably the best feeling of my career," he told Las Vegas' Flip The Strip radio show on KXNT 840 on RADIO.COM. "Across the street from MGM Grand a few years ago at T-Mobile Arena, I won the WWE title -- the title that I wanted to win as a kid ever since I saw Bret Hart versus Shawn Michaels Ironman match over that title. I was like, 'Oh, I want to be WWE champion.' I went and did that. That was pretty cool. This totally trumps that."
In a comprehensive 25-minute interview with hosts Mark Gray and Melinda Sheckells, Moxley dished on his "top secret" AEW premiere, Cody Rhodes' throne-smashing symbolism, his conversation with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and, yes, that already-infamous Chris Jericho podcast.
While rumors had run rampant that Moxley was joining AEW following his WWE exit, few people knew the truth. Even AEW announcer Jim Ross has said he wasn't tipped off.
"Oh, it was top secret. Only a very select couple of people knew. Wasn't very hard for me to keep it a secret because I'm pretty good at keeping secrets," Moxley told Mark and Melinda. "Loose lips sink ships."
Without naming names, he added that several of his old WWE counterparts texted him to applaud the debut.
Certainly one of the most talked about moments of Double or Nothing, other than Moxley's appearance, was Rhodes smashing a throne with a sledgehammer, essentially trolling WWE executive Triple H. Moxley applauded the symbolism.
"It was awesome. I mean, what he wanted to do with that was symbolize that he's going to be a wrestler right now and not an executive," Moxley said. "But art is open to interpretation, so you wanted to say that it was him smashing Triple H's throne with Triple H's stupid sledgehammer, then that's what it was to you."
So, what was that day like, the day that Moxley was finally able to reveal that he was the newest face in the AEW stable?
"I've been looking forward to that day for a long time. That was a long day," he said. "I woke up early, pacing around my house and I was so hyped up, I did take a nap in the middle of the day because I was like, I burned myself out just with anticipation. ... I did about 10,000 pushups throughout the night, trying to get at the end and I started warming up way too early. I was just doing pushups for two hours just to come out there and look jacked."
After the show was over, Moxley cut several promos, something that he told Chris Jericho became the bane of his existence at WWE because of the writers and Vince McMahon's desire to be involved.
"I already feel like, we're all on the same team, working for the same goal. It's not like, 'Oh, I want to be on top or I want to be champion,' whatever political motivation, money's not even a factor in any of this," he said. "It's just like, let's all create, let's create."
While touching on his interview with Jericho, one that was highly critical of WWE and McMahon, Moxley told Flip The Strip, "Somebody needs to say this stuff, and apparently it's got to be me. So I just really wanted to get a lot of stuff off my chest. I had texted Chris the next day, I was like, 'Dude, I literally feel lighter.'"
By Mark Gray