Jon Moxley’s appearance on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast has certainly created a ripple effect throughout the wrestling community. While fans and media alike have taken the time to go through this interview and dissect it, Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer provided some really good insight into the whole situation on this week’s Busted Open Radio.
During the show, Bully Ray would mention that WWE isn’t just granting releases to their major players simply because it’s asked. He would mention that Moxley, known as Dean Ambrose in WWE, handled this situation the right way and was professional throughout the process.
“When you know your time is up, you have to stare down the barrel of that gun and wait out your deal,” Bully Ray would say. “And that’s exactly what he did. There’s’ no other way out. A couple of people got their release and were able to wiggle on out. No one’s getting their release anymore. It’s over. You’re going to have to wait out your contract, and he did it. He did it professionally and he did it the right way.”
Moxley’s Creativity Played a Role
Adding to this, Dreamer would point out that Moxley wasn’t an underutilized guy in WWE. In fact, he’s reached heights that many, including himself, never got a chance to.
“You can’t say that Dean Ambrose wasn’t pushed to the moon because he was. And I understand that frustration because once you reach a certain amount of goals, then what? You can’t say, ‘I never got to be Heavyweight Champion.’ He’s held almost every title. He was in the mix for a long time. So, he’s made a lot of money and for guys like even myself, it’s that creativeness as well as to be able to have a say.”
Dreamer would go on to mention that he understands the need to hold creative control over a character, especially as someone who’s been in this industry for so long.
“I work for a lot of companies. I’m not under contract with any of them, because I don’t want to be married that way to anybody because the moment somebody tells me how to be Tommy Dreamer again is the moment I have [to say no] but if I’m under contract, then I have to listen. And I don’t want to do that because the only person who knows how to be Tommy Dreamer, is Tommy Dreamer.”