Jon Moxley: Former WWE Superstar opens up on his frustrations on working with Brock Lesnar. Claims Brock never took their match seriously.
Jon Moxley, formerly known as Dean Ambrose, recalled his match with Brock Lesnar in an interview on the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling PodCast. He spoke on a wide variety of topics such as, Triple H taking over WWE, his relationship with Roman reigns and Brock changing the ending to SummerSlam 2018. Moxley was however not done talking about Lesnar as he recalled their WrestleMania 32 match and how difficult it was working with him.
“By the time we got to WrestleMania, the angle wasn’t hot anymore’’ Moxley said. He revealed that his promo on Lesnar during his 3-way no.1 contenders match also involving Roman, was unscripted. However, it hyped the fans enough to change their plans. Moxley also revealed that the original plan was for him to face Chris Jericho while Lesnar would fight Bray Wyatt but his promo and vibe with the beast earned him this match.
“I was like, I earned this match on my own merits. Me doing my thing, my way made it to where like people wanted to see this match. This is like, my dream opponent, dream scenario, Street Fight. I’m like, you can imagine how much effort and time and thought I put into this, right?
However creative soon took control and the program went downhill from there.
So now that they book it, they’re writing it. Now it becomes goofball city again. They’ve got me doing a thing with Terry Funk where — as great as it was to do something with Terry Funk, I’m chainsawing a table for some reason. Mick Foley’s giving me his barbed wire bat that I’m never gonna get to use.
Moxley said that he thought Brock was on the same page as he was and the two would tear the house down. However, reality soon dawned on him as he found out how nonchalant Brock was about their match.
“I think he thought he was just doing me a favor, me being in the ring with him was enough to like do awesome things for me. I think that’s what he thought. He didn’t wanna be there.
Moxley went on to say that he pitched many of his ideas to the producers and felt like he was getting ignored and was made to feel like he was not important to anyone backstage. He pleaded to discuss the stunts and props and even begged to receive the greatest beating of his life but to no avail.
He also shared the talk he had with Vince McMahon before his infamous Red Wagon segment.
“The week before, in the go-home in Brooklyn, I carried a little red wagon to the ring and fill it with weapons. I go into Vince’s office. I’m mortified. Mortified! And I’m like, ‘Yo! I’m going to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. I’m going to my death! This is so serious, and you’ve got me dragging a little red wagon. Make me understand.’ And he’s like ‘Oh, it’s uh, it’s dead serious to you. You used to drag that white weapon out there, you aren’t even going to look at him. You’re gonna drag the wagon out, put your weapons in. ‘I’ll see you at WrestleMania.”
“I was like ‘Okay. I tried to do it exactly the way he saw it, and I’m thinking —. I’m gonna walk out with a little red wagon and they’re gonna laugh at me. And they’re gonna think I’m the guy that’s gonna beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania?
Jon Moxley tried calling Lesnar to discuss the match but Lesnar kept on reassuring him that it would be ok, convincing him that the beast had ideas up his sleeve. However, Lesnar didn’t even bother showing up for their rehearsal the night before Mania.
He pitched several more ideas out of desperation. He tried to get thumbtacks approved. Even begged to get choked after receiving an F5 in the thumbtacks, and then fades to death as he flips the bird but to no avail.
“I had all these crazy ideas of cool stuff, but nobody wanted to put any effort into it except me. It was like I was invisible for that whole buildup and the weeks leading up to it, during the week.”
Brock remained just as cavalier in the conference call where he finally got to pitch his ideas to the Beast himself.
“I even pitched that he just elbows the s**t out of me and does a doctor stoppage. The same thing he did with Randy at SummerSlam. Brock’s probably not even listening, and he just goes, ‘I mean, I don’t think we need all that stuff. I mean, all that extra gimmicks and stuff. It’s just a simple story. I mean look, you go to Suplex City, you get your hands on a weapon and make a comeback.’”
Jon Moxley recalled being in the arena at 11 AM on Wrestlemania. Brock on the other hand didn’t bother showing up until 3 o’clock.
“He’s not really interested, doesn’t wanna be there. And this is the most important match of my life. I’m like, everybody at WrestleMania wants to show up and steal the show. There are people on the show that night that I know were literally rehearsing their match for a month at like the Performance Center. Because you should show up at WrestleMania to want to fking steal the show. And I was like, ‘Dude, we have the opportunity, we have a Street Fight. We can do anything. I’ll take any bump you want! Literally I’m begging you to fking choke me. Please, powerbomb me into thumbtacks a hundred times. ‘Oh, we don’t need all that.’ Like, he did not have the mentality of trying to steal the show at all. Did not give a s**t.”
Jon Moxley revealed that they only talked about their match before it started. They hadn’t planned their finish yet and Lesnar didn’t want him kicking out of multiple F5s. He revealed how unimportant he felt by the end of the night.
“I was banging my head against the wall screaming at everybody for weeks it felt like, and it felt like I was invisible. Main reason was, I wasn’t the most important match on the show. I was basically non-important at all. As long as Brock’s on the show, Brock’s good. Other matches were more important, whatever match was on the show that night. I was just, they didn’t give a s**t.”
h/t to 411mania.com