Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega were set to square off in an extremely hyped up bout at the Aug. 31 All Out event, but the dream match will have to wait another day.
Moxley took to Twitter and revealed that he has an MRSA infection in his injured elbow, and thus has to be removed from his match against Omega. Moxley said he's set to undergo surgery this week and apologized to fans, though he expressed confidence that All Out will still be an excellent show.
I'm absolutely gutted to have to deliver this news but I'd rather it come directly from me. In a nightmare scenario, a serious case of MRSA has returned in my elbow. The timing couldn't be worse. In this circumstance I am forced to pull out of the fight 8/31 vs Omega at All Out .— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) August 23, 2019
I apologize to all involved, most importantly the fans. I am incredibly frustrated and pissed off. I'll have surgery this week to remove the bursa sac in my elbow and be done with it for good. Should be a quick recovery so I will be 100% for AEW Wednesday nights on TNT.— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) August 23, 2019
Still, I expect All out to be an amazing ppv and hope all the fans out there looking for an alternative tune in. You will be blown away by AEW and be excited to be a wrestling fan. I'm looking forward to watching as a fan myself— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) August 23, 2019
This is obviously extremely disappointing news for Moxley, Omega, the AEW and the wrestling world. The former was obviously excited about his second match in AEW, and it was going to come against one of the biggest competitors on the planet.
It was previously reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Moxley was dealing with an elbow injury, and it was suggested that he may have suffered an infection on it while competing in Japan.
A week ago, Moxley defeated Pentagon Jr. in a Northeast Wrestling match, and the Observer outlined that the former decided to fight through the injury - though he was cautious about not bumping it the elbow.
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Since debuting with AEW at Double or Nothing in May, Moxley has mainly competed in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He wrestled his first match for AEW at Fyter Fest, defeating Joey Janela. Omega then appeared and attacked Moxley - thus setting the stage for their big match at All Out.
This unfortunately isn't the first time where an elbow injury forced Moxley to miss time. While competing as Dean Ambrose in WWE, he suffered a torn triceps in Dec. 2017 and was sidelined for eight months. Hopefully, the surgery goes smoothly - and Moxley will be able to return in short time.
What This Means
While Moxley prepares for surgery and recovery, AEW now has to decide who will face Omega, their biggest star, at the All Out event. The main superstars all have opponents (Cody will face Shawn Spears, Chris Jericho vs. Adam Page), so AEW officials will have to think of something quickly. Even without Moxley, there's enough talent on this card for the All Out event to make for a special night.