A former WWE star who was released earlier this year has discussed the effect of Jon Moxley’s comments about Vince McMahon.
EC3 was still with WWE when Moxley made the comments, although his booking and the way he’d been used was obviously extremely questionable. This had been marked to a specific match against Moxley leading to him falling out of favour with McMahon
Speaking with Fightful about whether Moxley’s well-documented comments about McMahon and the situation after his own release last year had an effect, EC3 said:
“That helped a lot because I have such a high amount of respect for him and his work. It was, I guess, validation’s a good word. ‘Cause I’m not going to be the guy that’s going to complain on social media. I’m not gonna be the guy that’s gonna whine, bitch and moan about anything. I’m going to try to handle it the best I can or I’m going to do what is necessary to get out of it. I’m going to do what I can myself. But, that helped. So, the people that knew were like, ‘Oh, this makes sense. Yeah, okay.’ I just don’t want people to think I wouldn’t try or that I’d relegate myself to being sub par because I’d never do that. Ever. It’s just not who I am. So, that helped. Yeah. Hat tip, ‘Thank you, brother.’
“At the same time, I can’t put too much in one man’s opinion as much as I respect it. It’s not going to do me any favors here, so I still have to put in the work here with whatever that may be regardless. Whether it matters or not. But, I was willing to try.”
It was a house match with Moxley that was said to be the big turning point with McMahon deciding he wasn’t a fan of EC3. Moxley was supposed to be the heel and EC3 the babyface, but the crowd was reacting in the opposite way.
Speaking about that, EC3 said:
“I believe on the third match of that loop we had, we’re in the middle of the match and they’re cheering him, booing me. We kind of called the audible out there, ‘Let me take over as the aggressor and the villain in this scenario and let’s give them what they want. You being cheered.’ We pulled it, did it in the middle of it. That’s calling it on the fly. That’s reading the audience. That’s what pros do. I guess it wasn’t well received by somebody in charge or misconstrued up the chain and the rest is history. But, yeah, it’s still a good match. I just showed why I should be a bad guy in this scenario and he showed, ‘This is why I fight.’ It was cool. The live audience reacted accordingly. Which I think is the point of what we do.”