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WWE creative has come under fire recently. Jon Moxley recently detailed his frustrations with WWE creative. Recently Batista spoke with Ryan Satin for Pro Wrestling Sheet and creative was a major subject.

“The creative process I still don’t get,” Batista exasperated. “It was a nightmare to me the last time, I was there, which was 2014, and it seems like it’s become worse. I feel like they don’t have a clear vision, a long-term vision, everything is very week-to-week. It doesn’t seem like they stick to a plan very much.” 

The issues run much deeper than the current creative. Batista feels that the talent is too restricted and does not have creative freedom, which can stunt the growth of talents.

“[Chris] Jericho pointed out something to me that makes complete sense. He said that John Cena is the last guy who is gonna be over like he is,” Bautista explained. “It’s because the performers now they’re limited. Their hands are tied. They can’t go to war like we used to. We used to go to war and beat the crap out of each other and it earned a level of respect from people. And it was just like a different level of respect, it was a different level of getting over. We had more freedom.”

During his recent run, Batista discussed the rise of Kofi Kingston. Batista was not surprised about Kingston’s rise, but rather how long WWE missed the boat on him.

“I’m surprised Kofi wasn’t at the point he is now years ago,” Batista exclaimed. “With all the love he is getting now, he deserved that many years ago, when I was there. He was something special in FCW. They got the bright idea so many years later. The guy is money, he is a star.”

During Bautista’s initial run, WWE did not have much competition. With AEW debuting on TNT this fall soon, Batista noted that he will probably not be watching.

“I saw certain clips, I didn’t watch,” Batista admitted. “It would be hard pressed for me to actually sit down and watch a wrestling show, of any promotion. It’s hard for me to sit down and watch TV shows, I’m not that guy.”

Shawn Spears, f.k.a. Tye Dillinger, made his AEW debut at Double Or Nothing last month. Spears spoke with legendary wrestling journalist Bill Apter about his debut and his feelings on AEW.

“Pretty common knowledge that I’m good friends with an EVP there,” said Spears. “Heard the rumblings across the planet like everyone else, I heard about something special, so when the opportunity presented itself it fell in line with my 90 days no-compete clause (from his WWE release) perfectly. One thing ended, another door opened, and I go through that door without hesitation and it turned out to be the best decision I have made in recent memory.”

Spears was released from WWE and understands that his time there was not good on the eyes for many fans. The reaction from the fans for him at Double or Nothing was a touch shocking, if not appealing.

“I have been out for a while had an injury prior (to being released), so when that happens you never know how they are going to react,” Spears explained. “Let’s be honest, the last two, two and a half years haven’t exactly been flattering to the eyes of the audience. You can’t put into words the feeling of hearing the crowd. It’s a feeling and it’s one of the best in the world.”

All eyes are now turned to AEW’s next big event, All Out. The main event will feature Chris Jericho battling Hangman Adam Page to crown the first AEW Champion. Spears offered his pick on who would win. 

“No one loves Chris Jericho more than Chris Jericho. He feels like he has something to prove, even though they guys resume speaks for itself,” Spears stated. “I’m pulling for Hangman. I think Hangman has a chance to make himself a worldwide, global star in one match, and that’s the match to do it in.”

Jon Moxley isn’t done sharing his thoughts about his WWEcareer. He recently was a guest on The Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast and discussed his match at WrestleMania 32 against Brock Lesnar. 

“When I was talking about it, I wasn’t blaming Brock as much as Vince and everyone surrounding that situation. There was no effort put in the angle,” Moxley lamented. “By the time we got into WrestleMania, the angle wasn’t hot anymore.

“I was supposed to work with [Chris] Jericho and Brock was supposed to work with Bray. Then me and Brock did the three-way match, some cool stuff, and there was like a vibe between us. I earned this match on my own merit. Me doing my thing my way made it to where people wanted to see this match. This is like my dream opponent. This is my life. The match happened because of what I’ve done. Now they’re booking it, it’s goofball city again.”

Later into the interview, Moxley revealed that his segments with Terry Funk and Mick Foley were pointless, especially when Foley gave him his barbed wire bat because Moxley knew that he was never going to get to use it. He also went on to talk about WWE being afraid to yell at Brock Lesnar. 

“I was like why can’t we use it?” Moxley asked about using barbed wire. “They’re afraid to yell at Brock. I think he believed that he was doing me a favor. He thought just being in the ring was good enough. I think that’s what he thought. He didn’t want to be there. I pitched all this stuff to producers and I’m just getting ignored. Our match wasn’t important to any of the producers, writers, or Vince.” 

Moxley revealed more about the weeks leading up to the match. He wasn’t happy with the angle and he kept getting ignored. He also wasn’t happy with carrying a red wagon down to the ring either though he listened to Vince. 

“The weeks leading up, the angle was not good,” Moxley said. “Brock isn’t even there half the time. We don’t do anything interesting. The weeks before in Brooklyn, I carry a little red wagon to the ring and fill it with weapons. I go into Vince’s office. I’m mortified. I’m like, ‘This is so serious and you got me dragging a little red wagon. Make me understand.’ He’s like, ‘Oh, this is dead series to you. You’re going to drag that wagon out there. You’re not even going look at him. Going to drag the wagon out, put your weapons in, and say, I’ll see you at WrestleMania.’ 

“I couldn’t convince him otherwise. I tried to do it exactly as he saw it. It kind of got over to a degree. If anyone call pull a red wagon and make it look cool, it’s me,” Moxley said confidently. “We had one scheduled WrestleMania rehearsal at like 11 p.m. Saturday night before the show at the stadium. He never came to the hotel. We ended up not even doing that. Day of the show, he gets there at like 3. He’s walking away, talking to other people, not really interested. He didn’t have the mentality to steal the show at all. We finally talked about the match while the second match was going on.” 

One of the ideas he had was to use mace, but it was too late to get the spot to work. The fake mace didn’t look good on camera. He also wanted his match to end up like Randy Orton’s did with Brock. 

“We did nothing,” Moxley said. “If it was a match on Raw, it would have been awesome. They didn’t realize why people wanted the match. I would rather have worked with Jericho.”

On the After 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff shared his viewpoint on Jon Moxley’s past frustrations with WWE creative. Bischoff took a particular stance on the latest Moxley craze saying that frustrations of show business workers are more common than one would expect. Bischoff added that the more popular a performer becomes, the more sensitive they get to their work.

“Guess what? That’s the entertainment business,” Bischoff claimed. “Anybody that’s ever directed or produced a television series, a sitcom, a movie, or wrestling show, or probably a high school play, at one level or another has faced that issue. Now, obviously the higher profile [a performer] becomes, the more success you have, the more sensitive one becomes to that particular issue. It’s the nature of the business.”

Bischoff mentioned that former WCW superstar and current AEW co-worker of Moxley, Chris Jericho, experienced similar frustrations during his WCW phase. Bischoff admitted Jericho saw himself as a much bigger character than how he was portrayed adding that frustration is correlated to passion.

“Chris Jericho when he was in WCW was very frustrated,” Bischoff recalls. “Chris really saw himself as a much bigger character, a much more significant character, a much more versatile character than he thought he was being provided credit for. He voiced that often which is why he ended up going to the WWE, which is why Moxley is now in AEW.

“It’s not unnatural. I think people should expect it. There’s nothing wrong with it. When you’re that into your character and when you’re that passionate about the business, you were going to feel like you were out growing whatever situation you’re in, particularly in WWE.”

Chris Jericho recently spoke with ESPN and said WWE talents have been reaching out to him about his “Talk Is Jericho” podcast with Jon Moxley that dropped earlier this week, featuring Moxley’s comments on why he left WWE.

“I have heard from a lot of people who are working there saying, ‘I can’t wait to do my version in X amount of months,'” Jericho told ESPN.

Jericho also spoke about his relationship with Vince McMahon, and how Vince felt about Jericho signing with AEW.

“I never had to, because I had a great relationship with the WWE, I had a great relationship with Vince,” Jericho said. “I also had 19 years there, 10 of them as a legit main-event, top-level performer who had the trust of Vince to at least try different things. Now, a lot of my ideas he didn’t use, a lot of my ideas he did use. But at least I knew what the story was and he knew where I was coming from and vice versa.

“Vince knew about [AEW] the whole time. I didn’t just show up in AEW and say, ‘Here I am, guys.’ It was a conversation that we had, we discussed it and both of us agreed. He was happy for me for taking the contract and I was happy to take it,” Jericho continued. “I wonder, in retrospect, if he realizes just how much of a juggernaut AEW is going to be. And that was sparked by Jericho’s signing. So it’s something that maybe he might think differently about now. But at the time, he was very happy for me and very agreeable to me going and taking this chance.”

Regarding CM Punk, Jericho said he’s not sure if Punk will ever return to pro wrestling, but he wouldn’t rule out AEW if Punk does return.

“If he wants to come back to wrestling, it would have to be for the right reasons — both on his end and on AEW’s end,” Jericho said. “CM Punk is a unique individual. Could we use him? Of course we can. Could WWE use him? Of course they could. It all depends on what Punk wants to do and what his attitude is when and if he comes back. Because it’s a new world now. It’s not a negative world, it’s a positive world. Especially in AEW.

“Like I said, if he wants to come in, he’d probably be welcomed with open arms. But I think he would have to kind of prove himself, as he would want to. Because I know him. He’s a competitor. He’s not gonna come back just for a paycheck or just to be famous. If he comes back, it’s because he wants to be here, he wants to wrestle and he wants to prove something. And if he doesn’t feel that way, he won’t come back. The only person that can answer that question, I believe, is CM Punk himself.”

It looks like Chris Jericho vs. Adam ‘Hangman’ Page is on for All Out.

According to ‘Y2J’ himself, the duo will contest the vacant All Elite Wrestling World Championship at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on 31 August. Jericho confirmed it on yesterday’s appearance on Busted Open Radio.

Both wrestlers were involved in title eliminator matches at Double Or Nothing last week. For Jericho, earning his opportunity meant overcoming Kenny Omega in a rematch of their blistering NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 match, with the 48-year-old ending the gruelling encounter via his new Judas Effect finisher.

Page, meanwhile, defeated 20 other wrestlers on the Buy In pre-show’s Casino Battle Royale. Entering as the surprise ‘Joker’ at number 21, he eliminated the dominant Luchasaurus and obnoxious MJF en route to a huge, crowd-popping victory.

Hangman was originally set to face PAC at Double Or Nothing, with the former Neville seemingly triumphing before falling to Omega in the title fight. Jericho vs. Page shows that AEW’s main event plans must have gone through a complete rewrite prior to the Englishman severing ties with the promotion, though it’ll likely be a great match regardless.

Chris Jericho is arguably the master of reinvention in the world of professional wrestling. During his near 30 year career, Jericho has done it all. He also has changed his character and image to stay relevant to the point where he just headlined AEW’s landmark debut show, Double or Nothing. 

The “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla” sat down with Dave LaGreca and Bully Ray on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio today to discuss his career moves, AEW’s future and how WWE feels about AEW.

Jericho has taken many big risks with his career. The benefit is most of his risks have paid off, not just for him, but the organizations he has worked for and the wrestlers he has worked with. He attributes this to his instincts, which have led him to his current position.

“A lot of it is instinct,” said Jericho. “Knowing it was time to step back from WWE. Granted there was a lot going on with Fozzy, but it gave me a chance to step back. The I had the match with Kenny and had so much fun with it, that led to more matches in Japan. With that, I was able to spend more time with the Bucks, Cody and Kenny, get the creative juices flowing, then AEW started happening. It was a lot of things happening. I have been fortunate to evolve and be as groundbreaking as I ever have been at the age of 48. I’m also fortunate to have the backing of guys that feel the same way I do creatively, and the financial backing of a family that feels the same way and a television network that feels the same way. Quite frankly, the entire wrestling community is on the same page.”

Headlining AEW first event has another notch in the career belt of Jericho. He is not just happy with his match, but feels AEW offers something different.

“Here I’m at the forefront of it,” Jericho stated. “No one expected Cody and Dustin to have this show-stealing match on a show with Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Lucha Bros, Chris Jericho. You have the Bucks and Lucha Bros having this amazing match, then you have Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho kicking the crap out of each other. You had all of these great moments, it was like a wrestling buffet. Every match was different. I had people text me that it was the best show they have been to. And, it was because every match was different.”

Since Double or Nothing, there has been speculation on how aware WWE is of the buzz the event created. Jericho feels that his former employer is not happy about it.

“They know exactly what is going on, they have the daily social media reports, the analytics, the demographics, I know we had 200 thousand Google searches, that’s up there with NFL numbers,” exclaimed Jericho. “I’m sure they are watching, and they are not very happy with what happened. You can’t tell me a show that had Chris Jericho, Dustin Rhodes, Jim Ross, Bret Hart, Dean Malenko calling the matches backstage, didn’t make WWE angry.

“Now, WWE is a juggernaut. They are not going anywhere, they have money to last decades, and decades, and decades. They have a huge talent roster, but this is a scene change. This puts WWE on watch.”

In today’s world, the buzz can quickly dissipate. However, for AEW, Jericho feels that will not be an issue but the must make the right choices. 

“We don’t have another show until June. We have one show a month to continue this buzz,” said Jericho. “The best way to do this is to use the power of social media, which we do better than anybody. Use Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. We just have to be smart about what we do to keep the buzz rolling. We have the cool factor, we have all the momentum and it’s up to us what we do with that.”