All Out just lost one of its biggest stars for an upcoming pay-per-view.
The sophomore pay-per-view event of the bustling All Elite Wrestling promotion has been hyped ever since it was announced. While there have been a couple of bonus shows since Double or Nothing aired months prior, All Out is the blowout show everyone has been waiting for.
Unfortunately, those who waited to see Jon Moxley battle Kenny Omega will be disappointed. The newest addition to the roster recently took to social media to announce he’d be pulling out of his upcoming match.
An elbow issue which has resulted in an infection has sidelined him, and he’ll be unable to wrestle despite being heavily promoted for the event. Moxley said he was “absolutely gutted” to deliver the news, and called it a nightmare that he was suffering from the MRSA in his elbow so close to his new match.
Moxley’s injury could have something to do with his active schedule as of late. One of the main appeals of AEW is the fact that contracts aren’t exclusive. Talents are free to work where they’d like, within reason. This means Moxley has been doing appearances on the independent circuit as well as in Japan.
Could this injury and the hit it has caused to the pay-per-view make the promotion rethink their contract structure? Will this lead to them being stricter about where talent can work, and how close they can work in proximity to an upcoming AEW show?
Moxley used to perform in WWE under the name of Dean Ambrose, but let his contract run out before making the jump to the new promotion. Under his old employer, Ambrose worked just as hectic of a schedule and was plagued by some injuries there as well.
When he made the jump to AEW, it was due in large part to his hectic schedule and because of WWE’s style of micromanaging their talent. Moxley’s debut at Double or Nothing was one of the most exciting moments on the show, capping off the card and letting fans know AEW was a promotion to take seriously if there was any doubt left.
Moxley would brawl with Kenny Omega during the conclusion of the show, striking a pose and setting up their feud for All Out. While he won’t be able to compete at the pay-per-view, the match isn’t a total loss. He’ll be replaced by PAC, another talent who has been wrestling for multiple promotions while under contract with AEW. He formerly competed in WWE under the name Neville.
Moxley also stated the surgery for his elbow would be quick, and that he’d be 100% ready for AEW’s upcoming Wednesday night TV show on TNT. The show will mark the first time that wrestling has been featured on the station in over a decade, and Moxley’s presence will be a huge addition to the brand.
Will the new match live up to the hype of the old one? Can Moxley recover in time for the show?