Jon Moxley rules.
Listen, I love professional wrestling. I love reading about professional wrestling. I love going to shows and talking about matches and learning about the history of promotions and moves. I used to be 100% entrenched in the wrestling world, and Jon Moxley has always been one of the best wrestlers out there to watch and listen to. When he announced he’d be publishing a book, I was admittedly a bit trepidatious as often, wrestlers writing books equates to them telling some road stories to a ghostwriter and the book feeling very disjointed and often boring.
Mox is nothing like that.
The very first thing you can tell about this book is that Jon Moxley is definitely the author. You can read every single page in this voice, and I imagine an audiobook of this would be freaking amazing. Moxley has a very specific way of speaking; he emphasizes certain words and parts of sentences in a way that you can always tell it’s him cutting a promo. This book is the same in that the way Moxley words things are so specific to him; I don’t think anyone could even try to emulate his style.
This is an interesting book in that it covers a lot of time in Moxley’s life, but it’s not written in a linear format. Moreso than not, the book compiles stories that go off similar themes and emotions rather than a “born, wrestling, big time, retired,” format. We will jump from a story about his current run in AEW straight to a random night in CZW over a decade ago. While some may find it disjointed, I thought it was a genius way to keep the reader’s interest. Because you never know where Mox is going to go with the following section, it kept me reading on and on to see how it would all fit together.
Mox’s relationship with Renee rules. I want a book by Renee now because she seems like the coolest and I wish I was her friend. Mox also adds the most random shit in this book, like occasional half-page jokes written by Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro in WWE for you shills!) as well as out of nowhere film and music reviews where he talks about his favorite albums and movies. It’s great. It feels so essential to who he is as a character, and it lightens the mood on occasion, as well as keeps the reader interested.
Big indie wrestling fans will notice names left and right, and even the average wrestling fan who may be more of a casual watcher will get some fun out of this. For me, this is up there with my favorite wrestling books of all time because of how authentic it feels. Sure, it doesn’t have an abundance of secret details or is overly hilarious, but I felt like I was reading something straight out of Moxley’s mouth, and that’s what I want out of a biography/memoir.
Author: Jon Moxley
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