Jon Moxley may have had a lucky escape at Grand Slam.
At AEW Grand Slam Jon Moxley put his AEW International Championship on the line in one of four title matches on the night. Moxley ended the very successful and lengthy reign of Orange Cassidy at All Out but his own run as champion was cut short – albeit unexpectedly.
Moxley put his title on the line against Rey Fenix in New York City and was planned to win the bout, however, he suffered an injury early in the bout which caused a major change, and a new champion was crowned.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio Bryan Alvarez explained what happened to cause the injury to Moxley during the match:
“The plan was that Moxley was going to retain the title. The very first spot they did, they were brawling on the ramp and Fenix went running and he did a flip dive off the ramp and he essentially landed right on Jon Moxley’s head. His whole body landed on his head, he pretty much crushed the guy, and Moxley was rocked.
“[…] Then they had a match, Moxley’s doing a couple of lucha spots and he’s beating on the guy. Apparently what happened as the match went on Moxley realised he wasn’t feeling good and he was not in good shape and so he told Fenix you’re gonna beat me so Fenix hit his piledriver and you can see Moxley telling the ref to count.
“[…] The word seemed to be a mild concussion and I guess he was doing a lot better later in the evening.”
Dave Meltzer noted that Moxley was “doing okay later in the evening” and was “not hurt by either piledriver” delivered by Rey Fenix.
Will Jon Moxley be forced to miss time from the ring?
Both Alvarez and Meltzer noted that it was too early to tell if Jon Moxley will have to miss time from the ring as a result of the concussion but the fact he was seemingly okay later in the evening will be a good sign for Tony Khan.
The commentary team noted that Moxley left the ringside area under his own power following the bout so fans of Moxley will be hoping he can return to the ring soon but concussions can cause lengthy layoffs as has been suffered by the likes of Adam Cole and Hangman Adam Page previously.
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