Jon Moxley was going to be given some time off following AEW All Out, but those plans changed and he’s not happy about it according to one of his friends.
AEW All Out on September 4th saw Moxley lose the AEW World Championship to the former champion CM Punk in what was a competitive match at the Now Arena in Chicago. However, it’s what happened after the show that garnered more headlines than the show itself.
During a post-All Out press conference, Punk sat beside AEW’s Owner/President/General Manager Tony Khan and ranted about several things including Colt Cabana, “Hangman” Adam Page and the EVPs in AEW (Young Bucks & Kenny Omega) among other things.
Those comments from Punk at the press conference led to a physical altercation in the locker room between Punk, both Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, AEW Producer Ace Steel and others. Due to their unprofessional behavior, they were all suspended indefinitely. Since Punk, The Young Bucks and Omega were suspended, AEW would have been hurting a lot in terms of star power on the next Dynamite.
The opening promo on the September 7 edition of Dynamite featured a promo from Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) that was interrupted by Jon Moxley. During that promo, Moxley made it known that he was supposed to be on vacation and he also talked about wanting to reach legendary status in the company.
Due to the AEW World Champion Punk being suspended (and injured with a torn triceps that required surgery), Moxley was placed in a Grand Slam Tournament of Champions to crown a new AEW World Champion.
Robert Anthony is a veteran wrestler that is a good friend of Moxley. While Anthony was on The Tyrus and Timpf podcast talking about how Moxley was supposed to be off for six weeks after All Out. That would mean Moxley would have been off AEW TV for the rest of September and into October while returning in time to be part of Full Gear in November. Instead, Moxley was not given his planned time off as described by Anthony:
“[Moxley’s] doing good. Man, he was supposed to be on vacation, six weeks, we were going to go fishing. Now he’s back to work, he’s not too happy about it.”
“He’s pissed off and he’s back at work and he cut a hell of a promo on Wednesday. We’ll see where it goes, you know what I mean? It’s just a lot of negatives in the positives over there.”
Moxley will be in action in the semifinals of the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions this Wednesday on Dynamite when he faces Sammy Guevara. The other semifinal match will see Bryan Danielson face Chris Jericho. The winner of those matches will meet in the finals of the Grand Slam Tournament of Champions in New York City on September 21 to crown a new AEW World Champion. If Moxley wins then he’ll be the first three-time AEW World Champion in the company’s history.
H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.