Veteran English wrestler Johnny Moss has announced he is taking a job with the WWE Performance Center as a full-time trainer, effectively ending his 19-year wrestling career as an active wrestler to help work with Performance Center raw recruits as well as other talent in NXT, beginning in mid-October.
In an interview with The News & Star out of the UK, Moss said it was a “lifelong dream fulfilled”. “I’ll be allocated a class of men and women of different athletic background and different levels of experience,” Moss said in the interview. “I’ll work with them daily to prepare them for a career in wrestling, teaching them the basics of everything that life in the ring entails.”
Moss got his start in the late 90’s working with the NWA Hammerlock UK promotion and over the course of his nearly 20-year career has worked for the majority of the top UK indie promotions, including Scotland’s ICW and Scottish Wrestling Alliance (SWA), plus IPW:UK, All-Star Wrestling (ASW), British Championship Wrestling (BCW), and Preston City Wrestling (PCW), as well as appearances for international promotions like Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH and CHIKARA and Impact Wrestling in the US. He also took part in last year’s revival of the legendary UK series World of Sport Wrestling. He was a 6x NWA United Kingdom Heavyweight Champion during his early career.
When WhatCulture launched WhatCulture Pro Wrestling (WCPW) in 2016, Moss became a huge part of the tag team division, partnered with 22-year old Liam Slater, becoming the inaugural WCPW Tag Team Champions in November of 2016. They held the titles for 74 days before losing to the Swords of Essex (Will Ospreay & Scott Wainwright) earlier this year.
With the appointment of Moss to the WWE Performance Center, he’s had to step down from his own wrestling school in the UK, The Johnny Moss School of Pro Wrestling, but one of his own trainers, Josh Terry, will be taking over the head trainer position. Johnny Moss has trained some of the UK’s best talent today, including WWE Superstar Finn Balor and NXT’s Killian Dain (formerly Big Damo) of SaNitY. Moss still has some indie obligations to fulfill before joining, including this Monday October 2 at WCPW Refuse to Lose against his former tag partner Liam Slater, and his final match on October 14 against ICW World Heavyweight Champion Joe Coffey.