Jon Moxley is enjoying his $6 million AEW deal that allows him to work for NJPW and take independent bookings. However, AEW has imposed a limit on his freedom and Moxley is their exclusive talent in the United States.
This exclusiveness will thus prevent Mox from performing at the NJPW G1 Climax 29 event in Dallas. The 33-year-old star is to miss the opening day of the show (July 6) as well as the pre-G1 press conference (July 5).
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the matter and shed light on the fact that AEW owns Mox in the U.S.
“Jon Moxley’s deal is AEW has his rights in the United States. He’s free to work New Japan when it doesn’t conflict with AEW. He’s allowed to be in the G1, it’s fine — but not U.S. shows. AEW didn’t allow for that because that’s basically the situation, they’ve got his U.S. rights.”
Mox is a Block B competitor and the Dallas show is an A Block show which is yet another reason why Mox won’t be present at the American Airlines Center on July 6th.
“So he’s never been booked for Dallas. He’s never been announced for Dallas. I think there was an assumption because everyone in the G1 works every single date they work tag matches underneath on the shows they’re not on, but this is the exception to the rule because it’s the United States show.”
However, as announced by NJPW, the ex-WWE Superstar will be joining the G1 tour on July 13 in Tokyo.
The following is the list of G1 opponents whom Moxley will compete against once he lands in Japan:
- Day 2 (July 13): Taichi
- Day 4 (July 15): Jeff Cobb
- Day 6 (July 19): Tomohiro Ishii
- Day 8 (July 24): Shingo Takagi
- Day 10 (July 28): Tetsuya Naito
- Day 12 (August 1): Toru Yano
- Day 14 (August 4): Jay White
- Day 16 (August 8): Hirooki Goto
- Day 18 (August 11): Juice Robinson