Moxley has been one of the hottest rising stars on the independent scene for the past few years. About eight months ago, I wrote an article about Mox and how he had the potential to be the next big thing. Today's news of his WWE deal may be a bit of a surprise, but it certainly is not shocking given how well Moxley has performed in the independents.
Over the past several months Moxley has been the mouthpiece of the Kamikaze USA stable in Dragon Gate USA. He has consistently delivered some of the most compelling promos in independent wrestling and perhaps even all of professional wrestling, period.
If you find yourself asking "who is Jon Moxley?" then please go to YouTube and search out some of his stuff, the man knows how to talk and is almost always entertaining. The video linked here is a fine example of Moxley's unique promo skills and offbeat character.
He is known mostly as a brawler but Mox has the ability to go toe-to-toe with anyone who he steps into the ring with. Last September, he pushed Bryan Danielson to the limit at DGUSA's Way of the Ronin event. The night before, he battled all over Chicago's Congress Theatre in a wild street fight with Jimmy Jacobs at DGUSA's Untouchable 2010.
Moxley spent much of 2010 competing in DGUSA and EVOLVE. He had violent feuds with the likes of Jacobs and Homicide. He has taken some incredible beatings and shed countless pints of blood throughout his career, which included a lengthy stay in Philadelphia's infamous Combat Zone Wrestling, where Moxley formed an alliance called the Switchblade Conspiracy with Sami Callihan.
He also recently reunited with Callihan in Jersey All Pro Wrestling, joining "The New Horror" and Chris Dickinson as part of the US Death Machine.
Moxley is a former CZW World Heavyweight Champion and currently holds the Full Impact Pro World Heavyweight title, but that is likely only because there has been little activity from the FIP promotion for the past several months.
It will be interesting to see how the defiantly non-PG Moxley conforms to the family friendly fare offered by the WWE. We're talking about a guy who wears a shirt that parodies parental advisory stickers and has developed quite a following for being brash, violent and controversial.
Moxley is like the square peg to the round hole that is the WWE mold but it is refreshing to see the worldwide leader in Sports Entertainment taking a chance on him anyway. He is an incredible talent with unlimited potential and a ton of charisma.
His hard work has paid off and now he heads to developmental to begin his career as a WWE superstar. Best of luck Mox, you earned it.