WWE star Seth Rollins shocked viewers during last week’s episode of SmackDown by name-dropping former WWE star and current AEW star Jon Moxley during a promo ahead of his Royal Rumble match with Roman Reigns.
WWE has historically made very little direct reference to AEW (amid many subtle references from both sides), so it was very surprising to hear Seth say “Mox” live on SmackDown.
Speaking to the SI Media Podcast, Roman Reigns discussed the name-drop, saying he will always have “deep love and respect” for his former Shield stablemates.
“I never shy away from my history. Those two are my brothers. Mox sat there, I mean we’ve done, achieved, gone through the highs and lows, the ebbs and flows of it all. So that’ll never change anything, I’ll always have a deep love and respect for both of those guys.
“Mox was actually, I mean, he’ll probably actually tell you too, me and him were like, super tight. Within the Shield and maybe even a little bit closer. They may have been like, super bonded through wrestling and what they have done in FCW, and prior to WWE. But when it comes to just like, whether we were wrestlers or not, me and Mox, we’re friends you know what I mean? Like we’re the kind that can just hang out and have a beer. Well, I guess not anymore.”
That final sentence made me sad.
Credit to WrestlingInc for the transcription.
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