WWE Hall Of Famer Bully Ray has said that whilst he was pleased Jon Moxley returned on AEW Dynamite this week, he owed a little bit more to the company’s fanbase.
Former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley had recently been in an inpatient alcohol treatment programme, but returned to television on the 19th January episode of Dynamite.
Mox was extremely passionate in his return speech, claiming he is now ready to take the wrestling world “by the balls” as he was cheered on by the crowd in Washington D.C.
However, speaking on Busted Open Radio, Bully Ray spoke of how Jon Moxley should have taken some responsibility in what he had to say.
I did enjoy that they started off with Moxley. They came out with a bang, people were ready for it and Moxley said what he needed to say. However, I would have liked to have heard just a little bit of accountability from Jon.
I understand the whole demons thing and we always use the word demons as a creative word to get around the real issues. Whether it’s an alcohol issue, whether it’s a drug issue. In Tommy [Dreamer’s] case it’s an eating issue. Everybody has some kind of demon that they have to get around.
We have our demons. These demons got the best of Jon for a time period where he had to step away from AEW. I would have liked to have heard him say a bit of an apology to the AEW fans. You don’t have to apologise to the boys even though the boys do count on you but any one of those guys and gals could have the same problems that you did. And trust me, I came up in an era where a slew of men and women had their demons.
Bully Ray went on to say that he wasn’t looking to hear the exact words “I’m sorry”, that there were ways he could have expressed it to the audience.
The fans expect a little bit more from you. What about the fans that bought tickets to see AEW and Jon Moxley while Jon was away taking care of his problems I’m very happy that he left and took care of his problem. And he looked incredibly healthy last night. And I love everything that he said.
I just would have loved to have heard a little bit of accountability. I don’t know if I’m sorry is necessarily the right word but maybe endear yourself a little bit to the crowd if you felt you let them down. This is coming from me, the hard ass of all hard asses.
Personally, if it was me in the same situation, the first thing I would have said is ‘guys, I’m sorry if I let you down’…I think that would have been the proper thing to do.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.