Jon Moxley made a memorable and electrifying debut in AEW at the Double Or Nothing event on Saturday, but he's only getting started with the brand new wrestling promotion.
Aew released a statement (h/t Cageside Seats), to announce that Moxley has signed a "full-time, multi-year agreement" with the company. In the statement, AEW also announced that Moxley will compete in his first match at the FYTER FEST event on June 29.
There was plenty of speculation that Moxley (obviously known more frequently as Dean Ambrose in WWE), would sign with AEW after it was revealed that he didn't want to renew his contract with WWE.
After leaving the company, Moxley (known for almost never using social media), posted a photo on Twitter to reveal his new character. And last week, former WWE superstar Jack Swagger hinted at Moxley joining AEW in an interview, so the latter's appearance on Saturday didn't come as much of a surprise.
In the main event of Double Or Nothing, Chris Jericho defeated former New Japan Pro-Wrestling foe Kenny Omega in a thrilling 27-minute match, earning a future AEW World Championship shot against Adam Page.
After the match, Moxley emerged from the crowd to confront Jericho - his former enemy from WWE. Moxley hit Y2J with his signature Dirty Deeds finisher, which led to a massive roar from the crowd in Las Vegas.
In January, WWE announced that he had decided not to re-sign with the company when his contract expired after WrestleMania 35. WWE then put on a farewell tour for Moxley and The Shield, including a special show, The Shield's Final Chapter. That closed the door on the first incredible chapter of Moxley's wrestling career, but the new one is off to a great start in AEW.
What This Means
In signing Moxley long-term, AEW puts itself in even greater position to seriously challenge the WWE here. He was one of the most beloved superstars there, but as ratings plummet more and more in WWE, Moxley is joining a company that should emerge as a legitimate threat in short time.