AEW President Tony Khan has revealed Jon Moxley’s reaction to becoming Interim AEW World Champion.
At the Forbidden Door event, Jon Moxley defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to win the Interim AEW World Championship in the main event.
Speaking with Robbie Fox on My Mom’s Basement, Tony Khan recalled Moxley’s reaction when he informed him that he was going to become the interim champion.
In regards to Moxley’s first run with the AEW World Title, he said:
Well he’s [Jon Moxley] been a great champion for AEW in the past and he’s absolutely one of our biggest stars. One thing that the fans in the arena really never got to see… and Jon Moxley defended the title on Dynamite many, many times in a closed-arena situation on closed sets and then during the COVID era, we really started to let fans back in and so he would have 1,100, 1,200 to 1,250 maybe fans at some of his defenses, maybe 1,300 and the way we worked it was we had 25 percent capacity so we were creative about how we got fans into Daily’s Place… Jon was a great champion throughout that era and really, he got robbed of the title and the way Kenny Omega won it from him at Winter Is Coming in 2020, it was not becoming of a champion and Jon really deserved better and I always thought the fans really deserved to see Jon out defending the title on the road.
Khan continued on to recall Moxley’s reaction to becoming the interim champion, saying:
I just thought Jon would step up and do a great job so as soon as I heard that [CM] Punk was down, I called Jon. We were in Ontario, California and Jon was at an Airbnb with Renee [Paquette] and I told him about it and he was very excited about it but he also asked, he’s like, ‘So you don’t need me to drive to Ontario right now?’ [Khan laughed] And I said, ‘No, no, it’s okay.’ He said, ‘All right, great. Well I’ll see you soon.’ So that was cool and since then, he hasn’t had a day off and we really appreciate Jon Moxley.
Jon Moxley defeated Brody King to retain the Interim AEW World Championship on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite.
Keep track of Jon Moxley’s win-loss record in 2022 (for televised matches) at this link.
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