THE WRESTLING world was shocked today as Jon Moxley reappeared at the historic AEW Double or Nothing pay-per-view.
The 33-year-old, formerly known as Dean Ambrose, only ended his relationship with WWE less than a month ago.
But he had the Las Vegas crowd booming at the MGM as he caused havoc at the conclusion of AEW’s first-ever PPV extravaganza.
And his arrival will only have WWE chiefs sweating even more about the arrival of its new rival promotion.
Moxley, a former WWE Champion, firstly took out Chris Jericho after his victory in the main event over Kenny Omega.
But his path of destruction did not stop there as he also attacked the referee before eventually assaulting Omega too.
All Elite Wrestling chiefs confirmed shortly after the show went off air the superstar was their latest acquisition.
He has singed “a full-time, multi-year agreement” which is “effective immediately”.
Moxley, real name Jonathan Good, turned down a new bumper contract with WWE and left the company shortly after WrestleMania 35.
Vince McMahon continued to keep using him in storylines despite the news emerging months before his departure, seemingly believing the wrestler would be taking a break from the business.
But now he is back with a massive bang and has been bumped straight into the main event status of their rivals.
Billionaire AEW President Tony Khan said: “The arrival of Jon Moxley at Double or Nothing was the perfect ending to one of the most important nights in wrestling history.
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!”
AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (The Young Bucks, Omega, Cody and Brandi Rhodes, and Hangman Page) and Jericho.
For the first time since the Attitude Era in the 90s, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers.
Last night’s inaugural event will be followed by FYTER FEST on June 29 in Daytona Beach, followed by FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN on July 13 in Jacksonville.
And UK fans will be able to keep up with all the action after ITV announced they will be screening AEW’s weekly show on their channels.
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