Jon Moxley has a lot of stories about his time with WWE and he let a lot of them out during Talk Is Jericho.
He told a story about one night on RAW when he was supposed to appear on screen multiple times throughout the night. This was the same night when he dropped that first mention of Roman Reigns’ leukemia, but he did so because he was so sidetracked from getting other lines changed to worry about the verbiage that was the most damaging.
Moxley said the words given to him in his first promo didn’t make sense and they were written in a typical WWE promo with big words that are out of place that didn’t do anything to drive home a character vision. He said “it was hot garbage awful crap.” The main gist of it is that the people are smelly disgusting people and they very likely came from Vince McMahon.
The former Dean Ambrose said thing what really caught his eye the most during that promo was a joke about a pooper scooper. “Like something along the lines of ‘I’m not going out there without a pooper scooper.’ So I’m like ‘I’m not saying that I’m like did Vince write this?’ They’re like we don’t know who wrote it.”
He said the trick to get the script re-written without the pooper scooper line was to get it to Vince before he sees the actual pooper scooper line because if he sees it he will love it and say “Ah that’s such good sh*t!”
Mox was exhausted just because of that deal of getting rid of the pooper scooper line. Then he was off to the next shoot. He noticed this next promo had no story and how everyone is in “self preservation mode trying not to look like idiots,” and they’re wasting their time trying to get a stupid line taken away.
Then they got notes from Vince McMahon:
“I go into the writers’ room and I’m like any update yet? They’re like ‘no update yet, but we did get this’ notes from VKM. ‘Dean needs to understand why he needs to insult the audience. Dean needs to read his promos verbatim and not try to rewrite them’ I’m just like the feeling of getting punched in the gut.”
Moxley said it wasn’t the writer’s fault, but he yelled at him anyway asking “Why do I work here?! I’m a professional wrestler.” He has experience cutting promos and bringing people into the building “if you want someone to read your stupid lines hire an actor cause they’ll probably do a better job than me because I’m not interested in doing it.”
Then Dean Ambrose went to do a live promo. This portion of the script had a very bad line in it about Roman Reigns’ leukemia that he didn’t want to do.
“Earlier I had to go into Vince because in this promo there’s a line that’s a very distasteful line taking a jab at my friend who had leukemia and was now going off to recover from that: Roman Reigns. Something that I don’t remember what the line, but I said I’m not saying that, are you kidding me? I’m going right to Vince about this one it is clearly a mistake.”
“I got into the production meeting at the time and said surely you don’t want me to say this and he’s like ‘Oh Roman’s part of the story we gotta make sure he’s still included you turned on him and Seth’ and he kinda explains it to me in like he says it’s a line about Roman you just include him. He kinda says it in an innocuous way so it’s like okay — it’s the Vince Jedi Mind Trick.”
Moxley said he was immune to Vince’s trick by that point, but he let it get to him that time so he went through with it.
Then he did the line live and as soon as he said it, Moxley realized that he shouldn’t have said it. However, if he hadn’t been so preoccupied trying to get a “pooper scooper” line taken out of the script he would have been more aware of the fact that he really needed to take out the line about Roman Reigns’ leukemia.
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