Jon Moxley's first match in AEW was a hardcore match against Joey Janela. Moxley told Screen Geek that he was satisfied to finally do a match that lived up to its billing.
"For years, I've been saying all this violent stuff that I'm gonna do. [in a mocking Vince McMahon voice] 'I'm gonna rip your head off in Hell in a Cell!' And I'm like, no I'm not. Not at all," Moxley said, via Wrestling Inc. "There's gonna be no blood, whatsoever. There's no intensity or violence whatsoever! It's just the same hokey crap you see, you know. You can make a horror movie looking trailer, [mocking McMahon voice] 'Hell in a Cell!' all you want, but its not gonna be that. In that scenario [the Janela fight], I was like, 'Welp, we're going balls out, because I'm not gonna be in the business of disappointing the fans'. I'm gonna push the physicality level for my part in AEW, you know.
"And when I say violence, it doesn't necessarily mean chairs, tables, and barbed wire. It means that I'm trying to hit you so hard and put my fist through your head. I'm not here to do some gimmicky song and dance or play around or do some cart wheels before I do a little spinney thing. I'm not trying to do any of that. There's plenty of guys who are gonna do plenty of flashy stuff. I really can't, so I'm not even gonna try. I'm coming right at you; I'm trying to hurt you. I wanna bring that physicality and that intensity and that violence and that aggression to my matches, whether they be three minute hailstorms of fists and boots or 15 minutes or whatever. That's the way I like to wrestle. That's just the way I naturally am in the ring and I wasn't allowed to be that."
Moxley added that he would be denied whenever he would ask Vince McMahon or other WWE higher ups to do more hardcore stuff.
"Literally, like 'No!' I mean [WWE] is literally telling me what to do, barking orders at me. [McMahon voice] 'Sell! 'Lay down!' It really, truly feels like I was asleep, mentally checked out, for like years. Like, I became a lapsed fan," admitted Moxley. "I'd be watching the product that I'm a part of in the locker room and going, 'This show sucks.' I became a lapsed fan, so I know they exist and it really was like there was this completely separate guy that existed who got outta prison and it's just like I woke up and it was crazy. I just feel like a better person all around - just back to being me, in and out of the ring, not necessarily just the character."
Moxley is scheduled to face PAC on this Wednesday's episode of AEW Dynamite on TNT.