Jon Moxley shed the name Dean Ambrose around a year ago, but what a difference a year makes.
Since leaving WWE, Moxley has started to find his groove again and really enjoy the art one can find in professional wrestling.
That’s something the former Shield man couldn’t find in WWE any longer with their rigid system and scripted segments.
Now, he’s the AEW world champion. Although he would have liked to have reigned in front of a crowd longer than just the Dynamite that followed his win at Revolution, the current Covid-19 pandemic has effected everything.
Another event the virus changed was WWE’s WrestleMania.
The company came under great pressure to cancel the event at the height of the pandemic, but, instead, Vince McMahon decided through a mixture of cinematic matches and the use of their Performance Center in Orlando, the show would go ahead.
Moxley has admitted during an interview with Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com that he actually watched WrestleMania this year and he enjoyed it.
“I watched the whole thing,” Moxley said. “Both nights. I enjoyed it. I thought it flowed nicely and a lot of people really worked their ass off and put on great performances. I enjoyed the Boneyard Match, I thought that was cool. I thought that was really cool, too, because the Undertaker is a really beloved character.
“He’s like a comic book character. He’s a beloved character from our childhood. Same as John Wayne or John McClane or any action movie star you can think of, so it was really cool. I think everybody really enjoyed that.”
The cinematic matches – particularly the boneyard matches that Moxley references – were critically acclaimed for the most part and we probably wouldn’t have even had them if it wasn’t for the unfortunate circumstances.
Moxley will be facing Brodie Lee – formerly known as Luke Harper in WWE – with his AEW world title on the line at Double or Nothing later this month.