Jon Moxley needs the ball. Following his title loss to CM Punk at AEW All Out, the ace of All Elite Wrestling opened AEW Dynamite with an impassioned promo on what his employer’s high prize means to him. Whereas he is a two-time AEW World Champion, Moxley’s first and longest reign got here nearly completely in empty arenas, as he held the title all through the majority of the worldwide pandemic. Whatever the circumstances, Moxley was nonetheless in a position to defend the title in high-caliber matches, together with acclaimed bouts in opposition to Eddie Kingston, Darby Allin, and the late Brodie Lee.
“What means one thing to me is what the AEW World Championship represents,” Moxley mentioned. “The AEW World Championship represents ardour for this sport. Ardour for this enterprise. It represents the fervour of the fellows and women within the again and the followers that fill the arenas and watch at residence. These three letters within the AEW World Championship symbolize heroes throughout a pandemic and a time the place the world wanted heroes. It represents the dream. The imaginative and prescient that all of us had after we began this complete factor years in the past, after we needed to indicate the world simply what wrestling may very well be.”
After these fiery phrases, Moxley quietly famous that he was imagined to be on trip “till two days in the past.” This confirmed reviews that Mox was set to take a while off following AEW All Out, earlier than his presence was wanted after Punk was pressured to vacate the title as a consequence of damage.
It is now been confirmed that Moxley’s absence from AEW was initially going to increase deep into the autumn.
“[Moxley’s] doing good. Man, he was imagined to be on trip, six weeks, we had been going to go fishing,” Moxley’s longtime buddy Robert Anthony mentioned on The Tyrus and Timpf Podcast. “Now he is again to work, he is not too blissful about it. He is p–sed off and he is again at work and he minimize a hell of a promo on Wednesday. We’ll see the place it goes, you already know what I imply? It is simply plenty of negatives within the positives over there.”
The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer added to this, reporting that Moxley’s time away from AEW was imagined to be labored right into a storyline.
“Moxley had an angle deliberate that he kind of acknowledged on the air the place he can be happening trip to result in a return with emphasis, however that is out the window, because it seems he, Jericho, MJF, and Danielson would be the key stars carrying the corporate for now,” Meltzer wrote.
Moxley battles Sammy Guevara within the semifinals of the AEW Match of Champions this Wednesday on AEW Dynamite.