Jon Moxley isn’t messing around. He’s already had a killer match with Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States Championship and he’ll shortly be locking horns with nearly every New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) name in the G1 Climax tournament.
With the AEW weekly show not starting in the near future, he now has plenty of time to tour the independent circuit and have matches the Internet fans never knew they wanted in coming days. Thanks to his independent wrestling history, he’s rubbed shoulders with nearly every big name, but none has faced the wrestler formerly known as Dean Ambrose. In this article, we’ll take a look at 10 dream match-ups involving him.
Feel free to let us know of your dream matches in the comments sections below!
10 Jon Moxley Vs. Pentagon Jr.
Although Pentagon Jr. had carved out a name for himself in Mexico, working for Lucha Underground and Impact Wrestling made him the star he is today. Now that the versatile luchador has signed for AEW – arguably the second-biggest American wrestling promotion – his stocks will only rise. He’ll do so by wrestling the hottest names in the company.
No one is hotter than Jon Moxley today, going by how he dominates dirt sheets, message boards, and social media these days. A match between them has already been penciled in to take place in mid-August in a Northeast Wrestling event.
9 Jon Moxley Vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
The NJPW fans aren’t as split as the WWE fans. However, if there’s one talent who divides them, it’s Zack Sabre Jr. The lanky English wrestler doesn’t have fancy moves in his repertoire and sticks to a mat-based technical wrestling style. He prefers telling stories in the squared circle without being flashy.
Jon Moxley’s brand of storytelling, however, involves a lot of flash. The more informed fan base has already been salivating at the prospect of witnessing the clash of contrasting styles. The IWGP US Championship will also gain a ton of prestige if it’s on the line.
8 Jon Moxley Vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Jon Moxley and Jimmy Jacobs go a long way back. They spent years on the indies together, working for promotions like Insanity Pro Wrestling before being snapped up by WWE. They both left the company after growing tired of their hierarchy and micromanagement.
Now that they’re on their own, they may look to recreate their now-notorious I Quit match from 2010 for Dragon Gate. Although the hardcore Double J is now working for Impact Wrestling, he’s allowed to work the indies, so it’s quite possible that they'll cross paths.
7 Jon Moxley Vs. Tama Tonga
Jon Moxley revealed in his tell-all podcast with Chris Jericho that promos are his favorite part of wrestling. If there’s one wrestler in NJPW or AEW – two companies he currently wrestles for – who’s known for his promos more than his wrestling, it’s Bullet Club’s Tama Tonga.
All the NJPW bookers need to do is give the wrestlers a couple of microphones to create a Feud of the Year candidate. It’s not like they can’t back it up in the ring as well. Anything north of a three-star display will be more than enough, considering their promo skills.
6 Jon Moxley Vs. Marty Scurll
In the dream matches discussion, Marty Scurll somehow gets ignored. The Villain hasn’t been a part of the AEW revolution we’ve been witnessing; however, he’s played a small yet significant role in elevating the Being the Elite crew’s stocks. Once his current Ring of Honor (ROH) Wrestling contract expires, he’s bound to move to AEW and, by that time, he’ll have become a bigger name than he already is as the leader of Villain Enterprises.
However, the fans know they don’t need to wait until he’s All-Elite to witness the dream match. It could very well happen in NJPW, where The Villain still performs occasionally.
5 Jon Moxley Vs. Tetsuya Naito
There are few wrestlers in the world who has the charisma Tetsuya Naito does, and Jon Moxley is one of them. Indeed, they can’t have intense back-and-forth promos with each other, but that didn’t stop Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada from putting on five-star – or six-star, depending on who you listen to – displays.
They don’t just need to have a throwaway match, as they can wrestle for the IWGP US and Intercontinental Championships to raise the stakes of what could be one of the best matches of their careers. It could potentially launch Mox Two Belts or Naito Two Belts, too.
4 Jon Moxley Vs. Sami Callihan
This match just writes itself. Sami Callihan became the Jon Moxley when the original Jon Moxley was busy being The Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose. Although he didn’t get to do it in front of a big crowd, he’s put the indie bookers on notice by putting on excellent hardcore matches with Eddie Edwards, Pentagon Jr., and Jimmy Havoc.
A match between the two won’t main-event any show, but what will likely be a bloodbath will only help the IWGP US Champion announce himself. Perhaps, he can also help the fellow Ohio native kill Solomon Crowe – his NXT moniker – like he helped Juice Robinson kill CJ Parker.
3 Jon Moxley Vs. Kazuchika Okada
Kazuchika Okada is the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Jon Moxley, in his last incarnation, was a former WWE Champion. NJPW can create a storyline with multiple layering if they plan on pulling the trigger.
They can have the IWGP US Champion interfere in an IWGP Heavyweight Championship to set up a match at the following PPV. His challenging for the biggest non-WWE title in the business would vindicate his decision to leave the company on a high. Besides, it could also set AEW and NJPW up for a potential partnership down the line.
2 Jon Moxley Vs. Kenny Omega
This is a match the world is going to witness sooner rather than later. AEW sowed the seeds for the match when they had Jon Moxley beat down Kenny Omega to close Double or Nothing, shocking the world in the process. They’re inarguably two of the biggest North American names in the wrestling business today and they aren’t just popular, for they’re also incredibly talented.
Now that we know Chris Jericho is wrestling Adam Page for the AEW World Championship, we can be assured the most entertaining non-title feud in all of wrestling will involve this duo at one point.
1 Jon Moxley Vs. Minoru Suzuki
When Jon Moxley announced he was going to tour the indies, Internet fans started salivating at the prospect of watching him trade stiff punches with Minoru Suzuki. It seems the match is going to happen sooner rather than later. The NJPW legend tweeted on June 6: “I will say what I want to say. I want to fight with Jon Moxley. I want to wrestle. The world wants to see this. The world is waiting. Listen carefully! I'm Minoru Suzuki.”
This match may not get as much mainstream attention as a match against Chris Jericho or Kenny Omega would, but Internet fans yearn for no match more than this one.