Jon Moxley says Vince McMahon should step aside as head of WWE creative, addresses whether Triple H is ready to fill those shoes, and discusses his friendship with Roman Reigns

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Jon Moxley spoke with Wade Keller on the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast that was released on Saturday. The following are among the highlights of the interview, which is available in full below or here.

-Moxley on Vince McMahon: “Over time and especially looking back and in last few months, I didn’t see a lot of genius that is Vince McMahon. I think like in the eighties he was a genius when he created Hulkamania and took over all the territories and cable television and all of that. In 2019, I don’t think he knows what the f— is going on. So he needs to figure it out or step aside and let somebody who knows what is going on do it.”

-Moxley on whether Paul “Triple H” Levesque is ready to take over main roster creative responsibilities: “I mean who else is there? He’s clearly been preparing for this. Like when Vince isn’t there, he’s the guy you defer to. He’s got good ideas. His ideas are his ideas. He’s a lot more… He’s very cerebral. you know? He’s not like a super open, collaborative… He thinks about things a lot. I just think it’s a much better option between the two of them.”

-Moxley on Roman Reigns: “His personality is so great, he’s such a great dude. Everybody loves him, he’s the most lovable guy in the world. He’s the guy everybody gravitates to in the locker room, just his natural charisma and stuff, but they don’t let him just be himself. They try to like make him… Years ago, he was trying to be what they wanted him to be or whatever. Like, dude, you’re the guy and they’re giving him the spot. He’s not going to reject everything. He’s going to try his best and he always has. The cool thing is like I’m really glad that he was like legit one of my best friends… Even when we were in like competition so to speak, because I love him so much, I couldn’t like resent him or anything. Like if he was a guy that I wasn’t friends with that I hated, I’d probably resent the hell out of him. Because there many times where I felt like I had a stronger connection with the audience than him, but it didn’t matter. He’s my best friend. It would have never come between us.”

Powell’s POV: Part one is a terrific follow-up to Moxley’s Talk Is Jericho podcast. Wade noted that the second part will be released this weekend. Moxley is tough on Vince’s creative approach (and rightfully so), but he also fairly points out times when Vince had good ideas. Moxley also looked back on the feud that he and Mick Foley were supposed to have, recalls Reigns’s reaction to being scripted to say “sufferin succotash” during a promo, how his own series of goodbyes became awkward, and much more.

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