Jon Moxley has been an excellent add for the AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling promotions, but the former WWE Champion and main event star is going to have to ease it down in the ring.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Ringside News), Moxley is nursing "some kind of elbow injury," although he has been working through it. The Observer suggests it could be an infection that Moxley "got in Japan."
Moxley competed against Pentagon Jr. on Aug. 16, in a Northeast Wrestling bout, and the Observer noted that he was determined to compete throughout the match. Not only that, but Moxley was cautious "not to bump on the elbow."
You may recall that Moxley suffered a torn triceps injury in Dec. 2017 while in WWE, when he performed as Dean Ambrose. The injury kept him out of action for eight months, and he didn't come back until the Aug. 13, 2018 episode of Monday Night Raw. It was also reported that he suffered a near-fatal staph infection while recovering from the injury.
Moxley took part in the G1 Climax 29 tournament in NJPW, and after a scorching start, he went on a losing streak and fell out of contention - finishing with 10 points. Moxley is set to face Kenny Omega at the upcoming AEW All Out pay-per-view event on Aug. 31, which will take place in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
The wrestling world was stunned when it was revealed that Ambrose was planning to leave WWE when his contract expired. The Shield was reunited for one final run together, and WWE Network ran a "Final Chapter" special on Apr. 21. A month later, Moxley debuted with AEW and signed a multi-year deal with the company.
What This Means
Hopefully, Moxley's injury isn't going to affect his performance for the hyped up match against Omega. He deserves plenty of credit for fighting through the injury, but one can only hope that it's nothing serious. We'll just have to see if he can recover quickly and be at 100 percent for the match against Omega.