Jon Moxley’s name is one of the biggest in AEW, but he didn’t give much thought to his name when it was given to him.

During AEW Unrestricted, Jon Moxley discussed his start in the pro wrestling business. He dropped out of high school and wanted to become a pro wrestler. He got very close with a promotion and was training on his own time. He said soon they were having him learn in the ring despite him being too young to technically train.

Then Mox’s first match came when he least expected it. He had no idea that he would be wrestling that night, nor was he prepared. He forgot to figure out one of the most important things which was his name.

“So, yeah I didn’t have a name. I’d probably been thinking about names for years and years, but I had no ideas because the day we had our first match — because you know always bring your gear because you never know when you’re gonna have your first match — I had no idea I was gonna have a match that day. I was just sitting, doing security and selling soda or whatever and they’re like ‘yep you’re in the third match.’ I remember being so nervous and there are 14 people in the crowd or something like that.”


“Now I don’t get nervous at all, but for that day I almost immediately sh*t my pants.”

“So, right before I’m about to go out the ring announcer said: ‘What’s the name?’ I didn’t have one. I was baffled. I didn’t have a good name, but we had football uniforms on and this other guy says: ‘He’s like the Varsity Blues guy — The guy from Varsity Blues Johnathan Moxley.’ They’re like, ‘That’s cool’ and I froze up and they said it and that’s literally where it comes from.”

James Van Der Beek actually played a character named Jonathon “Mox” Moxon in Varsity Blues. It’s a good thing that whoever pitched Moxley’s name backstage at that indie show got it a bit wrong because Moxley has a much better ring to it.

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