Wrestling fans expected All Elite Wrestling’s first event, Double or Nothing, on Saturday night to be memorable.
Jon Moxley (Dean Ambrose) helped turn that expectation into a reality.
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Moxley made his way through the crowd and made his new wrestling home apparent during the waning moments of Double or Nothing. The moment came after Chris Jericho defeated Kenny Omega in the main event of the show to move on to a match with Adam Page to crown the first AEW heavyweight champion.
After the bout ended, Jericho cut a promo saying it’s his time to shine and he will be the champion. He also claimed that if it weren’t for him, the event wouldn’t have sold out and the upstart company wouldn’t have signed a television deal with TNT. Seemingly out of nowhere, Moxley made his way through the crowd and attacked Jericho with his Dirty Deeds DDT to the roar of the Las Vegas crowd.
Moxley applied the same move to the referee and then set his eyes on Omega, who saw it coming, and they rolled to the outside. Moxley and Omega proceeded to brawl through the crowd until they got to the entrance ramp where a stack of poker chips were laying. Moxley and Omega were on them when the former WWE champion executed a Dirty Deeds to Omega on the chips. Then, Moxley picked Omega up and tossed him through a platform to end the show.
The appearance isn’t a one-off for the 33-year-old, as AEW announced after the event that Moxley signed a full-time, multi-year agreement with the company effective immediately. His in-ring debut for AEW will be at FYTER FEST in Daytona Beach, FL, on Saturday, June 29. His opponent hasn’t been announced.
“The arrival of Jon Moxley at Double or Nothing was the perfect ending to one of the most important nights in wrestling history,” said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW. “There was no better way to conclude an evening of new beginnings than with the introduction of the best free agent wrestler in the world. The chaotic scene that unfolded in the closing moments of Double or Nothing was emblematic of the unpredictability and explosiveness that Jon Moxley will bring to AEW. We’re very proud that Jon has signed a multi-year contract, and he is officially on the All Elite Wrestling roster!”
It was revealed in January that Moxley would be leaving WWE when his contract expired at the end of the April. His final match with the organization was at “The Shield’s Final Chapter” on April 21, when he teamed with current WWE champion Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to beat Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre.
Well, what is WWE’s loss is now AEW’s gain. The games have begun.