From fearsome foes to tag team partners (Photo: AEW)
Jon Moxley has revealed he wanted a tag team run alongside Brodie Lee before the AEW star’s tragic death.
Speaking before Bloodsport 5, he exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I had an idea to eventually one day – I like tag team wrestling, you know? And there’s so many great tag teams here that I wanna get to work with.
‘But it’s like, OK, I’m gonna need a suitable partner, not just any random guy. I want a full, actual good tag team run with a good partner, make a real run at having a run in this tag division.
‘The guy I was thinking about doing it with was Brodie Lee. He was a good friend, and I wrestled him so many millions of times, our styles would have complemented each other very well.’
Sadly, Brodie died aged 41 on December 26 last year, and Moxley knows how special their partnership could have been.
He added: ‘You want somebody who complements you – maybe they do things you don’t do, and vice versa.
‘I thought a Shield-Wyatt mash-up super team would have been a really cool tag team. Me and Brodie could have really gone on a f***ing rampage as a team!’
Moxley – who is set to take on the British Bulldog’s son Davey Boy Smith Jr. tonight (February 20) on Bloodsport 5 – admitted he has plenty of ideas for matches, promos and stories tucked away in the back of his mind.
‘Not necessarily any particular time – I had that kinda stuffed away in my head for the future,’ he said of the Brodie team. ‘I have stuff like that, and stories I wanna tell, concepts of promos and stories that may be for particularly people.
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‘But it’s not right now, it’s stuck away in my folder of ideas and when the time’s right I’ll bust them out.’
One of those ideas was a match with Davey – whose real name is Harry Smith – and it’s something the former world champion has wanted to do for a long time.
‘Not necessarily that I had a list,’ he clarified. ‘But Harry is probably my number one on that list. The first time I’d seen a Bloodsport show, I didn’t know what I was even watching when I showed up at the show.
‘I was like, “what is this supposed to be? What are we watching?” Harry’s match made it very clear – oh, it’s wrestling! Old school wrestling! This isn’t a joke, we’re not doing any buffoonery, we’re doing just “get on the mat, try and rip a guy’s head off” pro wrestling.’
Moxley returns to Bloodsport tonight (Photo: Bloodsport)
As Josh Barnett recently told us, Bloodsport at its root is wrestling in its purest form, telling a story between good and evil through very physical theatre.
‘Pure freedom of expression. Everything else is stripped away,’ Moxley explained. ‘We have a cool presentation, cool cameras, cool graphics, whatever – to make it look good.
‘But for the most part, everything is tripped away, all you have is you! Once your little song and dance, your outfit and your pyro gets taken away, then what are you gonna do?
‘It’s just you out there. It’s like being out there naked with your dick in your hand. It’s you and your skillset, your charisma, whatever you bring to the table – it’s just you.’
Focusing on tonight, it’s a formidable fight for Moxley against someone he described as an ‘elk of a man’.
‘I’m not just saying this to say this – I know this, he’s probably the strongest guy in pro wrestling. I’d put him in there against anybody in any combat sport in any situation,’ he said.
‘I don’t see how anybody’s gonna do much to fuck with Harry Smith! I’m putting myself in a dangerous situation because that’s why I do this, what I like doing about it.
‘If I was looking for the easiest payday, there’s a lot easier ways to do it than getting in there with this giant Canadian moose.’