Jim Ross has named former WWE superstar Jon Moxley as All Elite Wrestling's biggest acquisition yet.
Moxley shocked about everyone when it was announced that he would not be extending his deal with WWE earlier this year. And it took him actually leaving to get some fans to believe it wasn't a work.
The brawler has since appeared at both of AEW's PPVs but is also wrestling with New Japan Pro Wrestling. He became IWGP United States Champion in his first post-WWE match after defeating Juice Robinson last month and put on quite the show against Joey Janela at Fyter Fest two weekends ago.
According to Ross, AEW pulling Mox has been their biggest feat yet, as it pertains to hires.
"It’s the biggest get yet, for us,” the legendary announcer told SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio (h/t Sescoops). “Because of the timeliness of him coming fresh off WWE television, I know he wasn’t always overwhelmed with his creative, but he got a lot of TV time, he has a lot of name amenity, and more importantly he’s young, athletic, and passionate. And he seemingly comes into work with a chip on his shoulder, he’s perpetual motion at TV, he’s full of energy. He’s a big get, man.”
How would @JRsBBQ describe @JonMoxley ❓— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) July 10, 2019
"Young, Athletic & Passionate"
But the biggest positive of Mox going to @AEWrestling might be his influence on the young locker room 🔊👇🏼#FightForTheFallen pic.twitter.com/iLCyZBhGVk
Despite AEW's early success, Ross has warned the roster that things will be very demanding when the weekly TV show kicks off this October.
“They [the AEW roster] may have great reputations in the independent scene. They may have cult followings with a small smattering of fans here, there, and yon because of their work in the indies, but they ain’t been to the big dance, yet," he said.
“We’re gonna get them to the big dance in October when we go on TNT every week. Live television, prime time, every week, in October. So hopefully we can help continue to mold, mentor, coach ’em up, be a good listener, give ’em some love and some positive attention and motivation, and by October, whoever sticks with the roster by then, is going to have a whole different perspective.”