AEW did not wait long to name Jon Moxley's All Out replacement. PAC, formerly known as WWE's Neville, will now face Kenny Omega on August 31.
Jon Moxley shocked the wrestling world when he showed up to attack Kenny Omega at Double Or Nothing. That put the wheels in motion for a dream match between the two at All Out. In fact, three months later with the PPV just a week away, it's probably fair to say it was All Out's most-anticipated match among most fans.
That was until yesterday (Friday) when Moxley broke the news that an injury will prevent him from competing at All Out. The man formerly known as Dean Ambrose broke the news on Twitter. "A serious case of MRSA" has returned to the elbow he previously had surgery on. It's the same issue that kept him on the sidelines in WWE for an extended period of time last year.
That left AEW with the tricky situation of filling one of All Out's biggest spots with a week's notice. Since the match versus Omega is such a marquee one, there was no time to waste. Shortly after Moxley delivered his bad news, AEW filled his vacant slot with the next best thing. PAC, formerly known as Neville during his WWE tenure.
Aside from Chris Jericho, PAC was the biggest reveal during AEW's very first press conference. However, various issues have prevented the Brit from competing for the new promotion between now and then. AEW has been promising that PAC will still compete for them, and now a big opportunity has presented itself in the form of an alternative dream match versus The Cleaner. It might not be Moxley, but it is certainly still a match we are excited to see.
As for Mox, his follow-up tweets have stated that he hopes to be fit in time for AEW's debut on TNT. That gives him a little more than a month to get himself well and ready. He has also tweeted that after this, the issue with his elbow should be one he never suffers with again. Whether it's a match or another surprise run-in, we hope we see the former WWE Champion show up on TNT come October 2.