MOX by Jon Moxley

September 9, 2022

Characteristically unconventional, this is a book with an approach that would have worked for few wrestlers.

Much of the positive feedback has concentrated on the open and honest approach Moxley takes to the book, combining an authentic voice with an open approach similar to that of the original volumes by Mick Foley and Chris Jericho. It’s fair to say he goes a step further as even the most honest book published by an active WWE roster member would have been unlikely to have the references to hard drug use you’ll find here.

Unlike the Foley and Jericho books, this does not aim to be a comprehensive, chronological account of a life and career. Instead it’s a series of anecdotes and memories that skip from subject to subject, feeling more like a long car ride with a man telling stories that an autobiography. While less focused than Drew McIntyre’s book, MOX offers plenty of insight into his approach to wrestling and thought process.

If you go into this looking for the inside scoop on specific incidents, there’s a good chance you’ll be disappointed. Instead, it’s Moxley telling the stories he wants to tell, with some of the unexpected highlights being his initial training period in Ohio and the underlying reality of The Shield’s debut as a united band of “outsiders” trying to secure their spot.

There’s also a surprisingly large number of interludes where Moxley talks about his favourite movies and songs. In many books this would have stunk of padding out a word count, but here they just about work thanks to being kept short and coming across as authentic to a character that this book establishes as being rooted in reality.

It’s not quite comprehensive or broad enough to call it a top-tier must read, but those looking for authentic insights into Moxley’s approach to life, it’s well worth your time.

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