Jon Moxley efficiently turned AEW’s first three-time world champion on Wednesday night time at AEW Grand Slam, defeating fellow Blackpool Combat Club member Bryan Danielson within the present’s primary occasion. Mox threw all the things at “The American Dragon” to try to maintain him down, together with a pair of Death Riders with the second on the elevated entrance ramp. Danielson kicked out, however Moxley instantly transitioned right into a rear-naked choke. Danielson ultimately handed out, inflicting the referee to name for the bell.
Moxley was initially scheduled to go on an prolonged trip following the All Out pay-per-view earlier this month, however the chaos surrounding CM Punk (and his torn triceps) compelled AEW to immediately have a vacated world championship. Mox then minimize a passionate promo on the next Dynamite, saying relating to being the face of AEW he “wants the ball.” He then proceeded to beat Sammy Guevara to advance to the finals of a six-man match for the gold.
The winner of the AEWGrandSlam Tournament of Champions and NEW AEW World Champion is @JonMoxley, after an absolute WAR with BlackpoolCombatClub teammate @bryandanielson! What an evening of motion right here on AEWDynamite Grand Slam on @TBSNetwork! pic.twitter.com/Kn1H9U7l9V
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 22, 2022
Moxley would first seize AEW’s high prize at Revolution 2022 towards Chris Jericho, mere weeks earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic started. He efficiently defended the championship 9 occasions earlier than dropping it to Kenny Omega at Winter is Coming 277 days later.
His subsequent reign was far more unorthodox. Shortly after CM Punk gained the AEW at Double or Nothing 2022, he went down with a surgery-requiring foot harm. Moxley confronted Hiroshi Tanahashi at Forbidden Door for the first-ever interim world championship, which Moxley gained. He then defended the title thrice earlier than Punk’s return, resulting in Moxley beating him in just below three minutes in a surprising squash match to develop into Undisputed Champion. That official reign would solely rely for 11 days earlier than Punk gained the title again at All Out.
As for Moxley’s first challenger of this reign, it is unclear. MJF was seen up within the stands watching the match along with his Casino Ladder Match poker chip, which he can use to cash-in for a title match at any time. There may even be a battle royale throughout tonight’s Rampage tamping to find out an official No. 1 contender.
“Let me tell you this, I am now once again the AEW World Champion. It is among one of the best things that I will ever do but it is not even near the top of the list. This championship doesn’t define me. Being a good man, being a good father, being the kind of man people can look up to, that is what defines me,” Moxley stated in a post-match promo. “But when it comes down to the best wrestling promotion on this planet. Blood, sweat, tears, passion. This belt doesn’t define me, but I define this belt!”
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