Jon Moxley has been hitting the media circuit hard ahead of his Exploding Barb Wire Deathmatch against Kenny Omega at AEW Revolution on Sunday.
As part of that tour he conducted an interview with DAZN where he discussed his relationship with Kenny Omega.
He compared himself and the AEW World Champion as ‘Kindred Spirits’ and compared the two of them to classical music and thrash metal, coming together to create something great.
As you would imagine, Moxley was clear with his answer when asked whether he considered himself and Omega as the best two guys in the business. He said:
“Yes, I think we are the two best wrestlers in the world right now. Because if I had to answer why, I’d say because what we do, especially here at AEW, is we’re being the best versions of ourselves. We’re not being fettered or held back. We’re not being put in any boxes. We’re fully creating the things we want to create the things we want to be. We’re not being held back by just about anything.”
It is no surprise that Moxley would voice this opinion. He was recently voted by The Wrestling Observer as the wrestler of the year for 2020 and Omega has been inundated with accolades in the years since he broke out working for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Revolution will be their third high profile singles bout in AEW, having first faced off in the main event of 2019’s Full Gear PPV, with Moxley winning an Unsanctioned Lights Out match.
In December 2020, Omega handed Moxley his first loss in AEW and took his AEW Championship on the ‘Winter Is Coming’ special edition of Dynamite. The two have been on a collision course for a rematch ever since.
Whilst Moxley is well known for his penchant for extreme matches, harking all the way back to his pre-WWE roots in the ultra-violent CZW promotion, Omega has generally been known as a purer grappler, focusing on technical, traditional wrestling bouts. It would seem out of place for him to take part in as barbaric a match as we will see this Sunday but Moxley has a theory that they are simply two artists with very different canvases. When comparing the two to classical music and thrash metal, you can probably guess which is which. He said:
“I think with me and Kenny, I’ve wrestled him enough times to kind of know that I think we share the commonality is we’re obsessed with the work of life. We’re mad scientists or artists. Although we might play slightly different music, we’re just as obsessed with our artwork.
That’s a cool thing about wrestling because you have different guys with different styles and stuff. It’s like music, or it’s like the classic Kenny Omega matches considered classical music. Like a form of storytelling. Very detailed ups and downs and these sweeping epic sagas. A lot of my stuff that I’m known for, and where I’m best at, and what I bring to the table better than anybody would be like thrash metal, like Anthrax, Slayer.”
There is no question that despite their distinctly different styles, Omega and Moxley make for a compelling in-ring combination and it remains to be seen what will happen when AEW throw some bombs into the mix, literally.
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