A week ago today, AEW officially announced that the current AEW World Champion Jon Moxley has signed a five year contract extension with the company, taking his expiry date to 2027 at the earliest. One interesting detail from the announcement was that Moxley would be working exclusively for AEW and its international partners, thus implying that his time on the independent scene would be coming to an end.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now provided further insight into this contract detail, revealing that despite Tony Khan not wanting him to, Moxley still intends to work independent shows. Therefore, it is expected that his appearances on such shows will be greatly reduced.
“During the negotiations, Moxley wanted a deal to continue to do independent shows while Khan wanted him to no longer do them. In time, they agreed to it but Moxley will likely be doing far fewer shows, but like before, Khan has to approve them but in the past he didn’t turn them down. But Moxley has decided to change how he does them.”-WON
Shortly after the news of Moxley’s contract extension, he dropped the GCW World Championship to Nick Gage, furthering rumours that he’d be finishing up with the company. As of writing, it is unknown whether or not that was the last of Moxley in GCW, although it appears unlikely that we’ll see him appear for the independent promotion in the immediate future.
Moxley is set to defend his AEW World Championship against Hangman Adam Page on next week’s Tuesday edition of Dynamite in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Blackpool Combat Club member has undoubtably been on the run of his career this year, and we look forward to seeing what’s in store for him in the next five years.