Jon Moxley Says Working In WWE Taught Him How To Handle Being A Public Figure
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Jon Moxley makes no bones about the fact that he does not enjoy the fame aspect of being a professional wrestler. If Jon Moxley could make the same money wrestling in small venues every weekend, he says he would prefer that lifestyle over the glitz and glamour.
However, Jon Moxley has been a professional wrestler at the highest public level since 2012 when he debuted in WWE as Dean Ambrose alongside Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
Speaking on the inaugural episode of his wife, Renee Paquette’s, Oral Sessions podcast, Jon Moxley spoke about enjoying the financial gain of wrestling at such a high level but not wanting any of the celebrity gossip aspects.
“I like the money, it is a great tool to provide for your family and help others and so forth like that and to secure your needs. I lived so much of my life having literally no money like the day I signed with WWE, I literally had no money,” MOX began. “That part of it is nice but the famous part of it, I don’t care for that part. If I could just make the same money and wrestle down at the local rec center in front of 500 people every weekend I would do that. I just want to wrestle. I like getting in there. I like telling stories, I like doing the physicality. I love the feeling at the end of the night when you’ve emptied your gas tank and you’ve really told a great story and it all hit on also and it was tight and you feel in the crowd the electricity and you’re like you just want to like have a cigarette and relax and you’re like That was fucking awesome and you’re like in the afterglow like I did then you’re bleeding and sweating and having caked blood in your face. That’s the best feeling in the world. That’s the feeling I’m chasing the feeling of people like talking about me or whatever. People who like being famous get off on. I don’t get off on that. I don’t care.”
He added, “Being in WWE kind of helped me learn, as strange as it sounds, it kind of helped me learn better social skills. I had to learn how to talk to people I don’t know. Especially with some of these Make-A-Wishes, the person is shy but you have to make this a good experience for them — I got it down to a science. Yeah, ‘Give me the details on like what’s the kid’s name. Where’s he from?’ I learned how to be a person in the public eye. It took actual work. It was like a skill to develop.”
Recently, the couple revealed that they were expecting their first child when Moxley casually revealed the news in a promo.
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