Tony Khan broke the news last night that Jon Moxley would be checking in to an inpatient alcohol rehab facility. After giving fans some time to take in the news, he announced officially that Orange Cassidy would face a fill-in opponent on tonight’s Dynamite. It’s been a delicate situation for everyone involved in AEW.
On today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Live, the AEW President talked about Moxley’s situation. He acknowledged that it was unfortunate, and that Jon, wife Renee Pauqette, and the entire family had the full support of the promotion.
“It’s actually good circumstances, because it’s a good thing that he’s doing, it’s a brave thing and we’re all here to support him… It was in the last couple of days, talking to him and Renee, you know, Renee is taking to him and Renee spoke to us and said you know they both thought this was the best way to go and talking to both of them we agree.”
Since his announcement about Moxley’s leave of absence, support has come in from around the professional wrestling world. Fans, fellow wrestlers, and even pro wrestling journalists have come around to wish the family well. Renee has thanked fans for their support in this difficult time.
Tony Khan put the entire thing into perspective. He noted that while wrestling is Jon Moxley’s business, his life is his wife and daughter. All parties agreed that the decision for Mox to seek help were best for those priorities.
“I think that there are some things more important than wrestling. In this case the most important thing we can do now is support Jon and his recovery.”
Everybody is hoping for the best with Jon Moxley’s recovery. It sounds like Tony Khan and AEW are working with Renee and Jon in the best interest of their family. It’s a far cry from the days of Scott Hall’s alcoholism being exploited as a wrestling gimmick.
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