Jon Moxley may have lost the IWGP US Title but a new report suggests that AEW’s resident Wild Thing could have his hands full come All Out in September.
Hiroshi Tanahashi appeared in a video during AEW Fight For The Fallen on Wednesday night. New Japan’s Ace challenged the winner of the IWGP United States Championship match between Lance Archer and Hikuleo to a title match somewhere down the line. Despite having his father the feared King Haku in his corner, the towering Bullet Club star fell short with Archer retaining the title he won at Fyter Fest from Jon Moxley.
Later in the evening, Jon Moxley cut a promo backstage where he had nothing good to say to Tanahashi, saying the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion had been avoiding Moxley for a long time now.
On his Wrestling Observer Radio show, Dave Meltzer has reported that there could be more for Hiroshi Tanahashi in the land of All Elite than just a shot at the IWGP US Title. Meltzer gave some insight into Moxley pitching a match against Tanahashi to AEW President Tony Khan:
“Okay, so what I do know, is that fairly recently at 4 am I think Jon Moxley had a discussion, I don’t know the night I think was the night of a taping with Tony Khan, and he had an idea for a match. Which I believe is for the September 5th pay per view [All Out]. And Tony Khan liked the idea. I knew it was a top New Japan wrestler. I didn’t know the name of who it was, but I knew about the discussion.”
Dave Meltzer went on to say that he believes Wrestle Grand Slam made it difficult for the top New Japan name in question to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi or Kazuchika Okada. However, now that Hiroshi Tanahashi will be facing Lance Archer for the IWGP US Title, he believes that he was probably the name in mind.
Tanahashi will be in the United States for his match with Lance Archer which is due to take place on the 14th of August on NJPW’s Resurgence show emanating from the Torch at LA Coliseum. That title match will be one of two main events on the show with NEVER Openwight Champion Switchblade Jay White set to defend his title against David Finlay.