AEW star Jon Moxley used to work in WWE from 2012 to 2019, where he was known as Dean Ambrose. Ambrose had a tremendous career in WWE where he won several titles but ultimately left the company after frustrations with his booking. It seems Vince McMahon’s advice hampered his abilities in the ring.

Jon Moxley made his debut at AEW Double Or Nothing 2019 and since then he’s had a terrific time in AEW, becoming the AEW World Champion and being involved in high-profile matches. It was also said that he changed as person after leaving WWE.

In Moxley’s upcoming book titled Mox, Jon Moxley talked about Vince McMahon advising him to tone it down during a match. The match took place in December 2011 against Ted DiBiase in FCW.

Vince McMahon was said to have given Jon Moxley a note, telling him to tone it down in his matches. Moxley stated that it ultimately made him self-conscious in his matches afterwards. This also included the time when he was in The Shield.


“The response from the crowd to all of it was great. I had been hitting on all cylinders that evening. The note I got from Vince: ‘Tone it down.’ The next night I went out and had basically the same match in Richmond, except this time I felt strangely self-conscious. It was not as good. I didn’t really do anything different, but I felt like I was wrestling in f****** bowling shoes with ‘tone it down’ ever present in my mind.

In the early days of The Shield, as soon as we started wrestling matches, that’s all I heard all the time. Tone it down. Strangely, this would always come right after some really awesome s*** just happened or we tore the house down.”

Jon Moxley was certainly having the time of his life in AEW and it is certain he is glad to leave WWE as Moxley was able to expand his horizons and compete the way he wanted to. Unfortunately, Moxley is currently entered into patient alcohol program after his alcohol addiction became too much for him. We hope he can overcome his demons as soon as possible.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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