Jon Moxley Comments on Disappointing WrestleMania 32 Match with Brock Lesnar and SummerSlam 2018 Changes Due to Lesnar

Jon Moxley, who is the former Dean Ambrose in WWE, didn’t talk that much to the media during his WWE career, but he has done a lot of talking since joining All Elite Wrestling nine days ago. Last week, I covered Moxley’s in-depth interview with Chris Jericho on his “Talk is Jericho” podcast. A few days ago, Wade Keller released part one of a two part interview with Moxley where Jon went more in-depth on his gripes with WWE including why he thinks Vince McMahon is the problem and I covered that here.

There was a second part of the Keller conversation with Moxley that focused on some other topics including the Brock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose match at WrestleMania 32 in 2016 and also a story of how Lesnar got plans changed at SummerSlam last year. The second part of the Moxley podcast with Keller is available here.

Here are some quotes from Moxley talking about the two Lesnar related subjects. Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcript.

Moxley explained how his WrestleMania 32 was set up:

“When I was talking about it (on Talk is Jericho), I wasn’t blaming Brock as much as Vince and everyone surrounding that situation. There was no effort put in the angle. By the time we got into WrestleMania, the angle wasn’t hot anymore. I was supposed to work with [Chris] Jericho and Brock was supposed to work with Bray. Then me and Brock did the three-way match, some cool stuff, and there was like a vibe between us. I earned this match on my own merit. Me doing my thing my way made it to where people wanted to see this match. This is like my dream opponent. This is my life. The match happened because of what I’ve done. Now they’re booking it, it’s goofball city again.”

Moxley detailed how difficult it was to get Brock to talk to him to plan out the match: 

“The weeks leading up, the angle was not good. Brock isn’t even there half the time. We don’t do anything interesting. The weeks before in Brooklyn, I carry a little red wagon to the ring and fill it with weapons. I go into Vince’s office. I’m mortified. I’m like, ‘This is so serious and you got me dragging a little red wagon. Make me understand.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, this is dead serious to you. You’re going to drag that wagon out there. You’re not even going look at him. Going to drag the wagon out, put your weapons in, and say, I’ll see you at WrestleMania.’”

“I couldn’t convince him otherwise. I tried to do it exactly as he saw it. It kind of got over to a degree. If anyone call pull a red wagon and make it look cool, it’s me. We had one scheduled WrestleMania rehearsal at like 11 p.m. Saturday night before the show at the stadium. He never came to the hotel. We ended up not even doing that. Day of the show, he gets there at like 3pm. He’s walking away, talking to other people, not really interested. He didn’t have the mentality to steal the show at all. We finally talked about the match while the second match was going on.”

“We did nothing. If it was a match on Raw, it would have been awesome. They didn’t realize why people wanted the match. I would rather have worked with Jericho.”

It was a frustrating match to watch and I’m sure it was tough for Jon to even be a part of it. The good thing is that a few months later, Ambrose/Moxley won Money in the Bank and cashed in to become the WWE Champion. He was arguably the top face in WWE for most of 2016, so he was able to do well after the loss.

Moxley revealed how SummerSlam 2018 plans changed because of Lesnar:

“SummerSlam (2018), the end of the show was supposed to be when The Shield returns. We were worried about it not being as impactful the next night. It still worked just as good. The end of SummerSlam was Roman vs. Brock, Braun comes out, looks like a doofus because he can’t figure out how to cash in.”

“How it ever went was Brock’s idea. At 6pm before the show, everything was supposed to happen, the Shield coming out, this awesome stuff that the writers have been working on tirelessly to have this perfect ending to SummerSlam that was good. Brock comes in at 6pm and changes everything. Vince is like, we are going to go with Brock’s idea. It made everyone else look stupid but Brock.

“And the writers are just sitting there watching it in the room and they’re like ‘Come on, we had it, we had this great ending.’ Everyone is suffering, again not my problem, anymore.”

These are things we read about all the time in WWE where something is planned and then there’s a change. Thanks to Moxley for giving another example of it.

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The John Report: The WWE Raw Deal 06/03/19 Review

Welcome to another edition of the WWE Raw Deal Review right here on TJRWrestling. This is the last Raw before Friday’s WWE Super Showdown event that takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Thank you for the kind words last week for what was the 10 year anniversary of my Raw Deal reviews. I received a lot of emails, tweets, Facebook comments and so on over the last week. I really appreciate it. As I have said many times, I try to be consistent in my writing and try to put a smile on my face when I write because even when a show is bad, it’s important to find a way to laugh about it because in the end, it’s pro wrestling. It’s supposed to be fun. That’s why we watched it in the first place. Thank you again for your support. It means a lot to me.

For this week’s Raw, WWE has advertised Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman with Lesnar planning to cash in the Money in the Bank contract on Seth Rollins. Also, The Undertaker is there to hype up his Super Showdown against Goldberg. They have also advertised a six man tag with Roman Reigns and The Usos facing Drew McIntyre and The Revival.

Live from Austin, Texas, this is the Raw Deal for episode #1357 of Monday Night Raw. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Please visit daily for our regular updates on the wrestling business featuring WWE news coverage along with reviews about wrestling’s past and present. This review is sponsored by ICOPRO.

The review will begin shortly after 8pmET when Raw starts.




The next WWE pay-per-view is Super Showdown this Friday, June 7th in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Here’s what we know so far.

The Undertaker vs. Bill Goldberg

Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon

Universal Championship: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Baron Corbin

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

Intercontinental Championship: “Demon” Finn Balor (c) vs. Andrade

Lars Sullivan vs. Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado)

50-man battle royal

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Bully Ray Releases Statement On Alleged “Fan Intimidation” Incident At ROH Event

Earlier today it was reported that a fan, using the social media handle “xIAMHOLLYWOODx”, was taken backstage by security at a recent Ring of Honor show and “intimidated” by WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray.

The story broke after the fan posted a long rant on Twitter discussing the situation. He claims to have been simply heckling some of the female performers because they were playing heels, and not out of genuine malice.

However, Bully Ray himself responded to the allegations confirming that the person in question was indeed brought backstage, and “in retrospect” he should have just been asked to leave. Bully claims that was actually “nice” to the fan and “never threatened, intimidated or berated” him in any way after he made “vile comments and lewd sexual gestures” towards the female performers.

Ring of Honor announced this afternoon that they had launched their own “internal review” to look into the matter.

“And now the TRUTH…

I could not have been any nice to said “fan.” Yes… NICE… hard to believe. I NEVER threatened, intimidated or berated said “fan.” I handled the situation the exact opposite way most would assume, with decorum. Convo lasted less than 30 sec. I even gave the fan a friendly pat on the back and told him to enjoy the show and “go be a fan”. His response… “Thanks Bully” Fan version of story is embellished to make fan look like a “victim”.

Many other fans who attended the shows in Kent and Portland have already confirmed on social media how said fan “crossed the line” w/ multiple talents…both men and women. In retrospect, the “fan” should have been ejected.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after “fan” was asked to not be “so rude”, did we find out the severity of the vile comments and lewd sexual gestures made towards the women. I think we can all agree that in 2019, this type of behavior toward women is unacceptable and goes far beyond the scope of… “I paid for my seat, I should be able to do or say whatever I want.”

I love by the motto… “Respectful fans always get what they went… Rude fans always get what they deserve.” At the end of the day, I’m guilty of defending 3 women that needed a bit of defending. Not by being a bully, by being a man.

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