Jon Moxley's Wife And AEW Boss Share Support For Pro Wrestler As He Heads To Rehab

Jon Moxley looking unimpressed in AEW
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AEW star Jon Moxley has been a near-constant presence in the wrestling world over the years, working both as a top star in his current company and his former employer, the WWE. Now, Moxley is stepping away from wrestling for a while and entering a rehab program to treat issues related to alcohol abuse. The news came from AEW boss Tony Khan, who supported the star on his big decision. 

AEW President and CEO Tony Khan announced that Jon Moxley (real name Jonathan Good) would enter an inpatient alcohol treatment program. Khan broke the news to wrestling fans on Tuesday night, noting that he had the star’s blessing to share the news.

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Jon Moxley is beloved by wrestling fans far and wide, so it wasn’t a surprise that many sent their well-wishes. Moxley’s wife Renee Paquette, who also worked in WWE as Renee Young, showed support for her husband and thanked fans for the continued support of his decision.

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The decision for Jon Moxley to enter rehab impacts his current AEW schedule, as he was initially set to square off against Orange Cassidy on AEW: Dynamite as part of the world title eliminator tournament. The winner of the match would then advance to face Bryan Danielson in the finals scheduled for the upcoming Full Gear pay-per-view. Moxley will presumably forfeit his position in the tournament and prioritize helping himself and others around him for the time being. 

Jon Moxley and Renee Paquette married back in 2017 and welcomed their first child, Nora, in July of 2021. News of Moxley seeking treatment for an alcohol addiction came shortly after the release of his autobiography, Mox. In one section, Moxley referenced the end of his run in the WWE and how dissatisfied he was with the position his character was put in. Moxley makes a brief mention of drinking while talking about how he felt towards the end of his run and how he told his wife while drinking that he intended to leave the WWE. He wrote (via Bleacher Report):

I wasn’t just depressed, I was angry. It’s not like I don’t like money. I don’t WANT things to be this way. Why do they have to make it impossible? Why does everything have to be so Fn stupid? They’re really gonna make me walk away from all this money, aren’t they? They can’t just write one good angle, let me cut one good Fn promo? F--k! I can’t believe it’s come to this. There was a time I thought I’d be a lifer with WWE, but this whole place has gone Fn MAD, and I feel like I’m the only one who can see it … buncha MFers just playing violins while the ship sinks and Vince continues to lose his mind. 'F--k ’em, I’m just gonna go to Japan or something,' I tell Renee, while sipping on my third stiff drink. 'I’m telling you, April thirtieth, I’m Fn done.' I had been talking about leaving for months and my mind was long made up, but when I was in a bad mood or three drinks in, I would feel the need to reaffirm it for some reason, as if I suspected she didn’t believe me.

Jon Moxley, then wrestling as Dean Ambrose in the WWE, left the company in 2019. He then joined AEW and became the brand’s second AEW world champion. He held the title for 277 days and ever since has remained a major player in the brand and popular superstar with fans. Hopefully, he’ll take his time to recover and come back stronger than ever to pro wrestling. 

AEW: Dynamite airs on TNT Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. CinemaBlend hopes the best for Jon Moxley on his road to recovery and wishes his friends and family well during this time.

Mick Joest
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