For a Christmas present, I received a copy of Jon Moxley's new book Mox. This will likely be the next wrestling book I read after I finish Jim Ross's book Under the Black Hat.
Has anyone already read Mox? If so, what did you think of it?
A vivid trip through the mind of the top professional wrestler in the business--a nobody from nowhere who achieved his ambitions and walked away with the gold and the girl of his dreams. Ride alongside Jon Moxley as he retraces some of the highways traveled on his remarkable journey. Revel in the never-before-told stories about his early life in Cincinnati, Ohio; the gritty independent wrestling scene where he cut his teeth; the complicated corporate landscape of the WWE where he bucked against authority; and the rebellious upstart AEW, where he won the championship in 2020 and was finally free to achieve the vision of the wrestler he'd always wanted to be. With plenty of pitstops and revelatory insights, including grisly ultraviolent encounters, crazy characters who became lifelong friends, and his unforgettable matches in Japan, MOX is the riveting account of the life of a brawler. It is a tale written in blood and soaked in debauchery, with a good dose of wisdom accumulated along the way. More than a backstage pass into the arena, MOX is a ticket into the ring. Once inside, you'll never look at pro wrestling the same again.
I am about to finish reading this book either tonight or tomorrow night. It has been a great book. Two weekends ago, I was actually reading it on my flight to Los Angeles for BOLA and I was at the parts of where Moxley mentioned talking to Les Thatcher about starting his training at HWA and then two hours later there was Thatcher at the online Perennial talking about Moxley as part of the interview.
Last night I was reading about when Moxley started dating Renee and he wrote that their first informal date was in Las Vegas at the Crown & Anchor. When I was going to UNLV and also for the first year of teaching, my apartment at Maryland and Tropicana was actually right across the street from the Crown & Anchor on Tropicana. Every time I left my apartment I saw the back of the Crown & Anchor as it was literally right across the street. It really is a small world sometimes.
In a book, are the front endpapers the pages right inside the front cover? The reason I am asking is because in the back of the book there is page for photo credits and Lyle C. Williams is credited as the photographer for the front endpapers and it looks like a photo he would have taken as it is from Moxley's Indy days. I don't know for sure, but the photo looks like Moxley is getting hit with glass from CZW's Tournament of Death.