1. Jon Moxley’s Title Victory Was a Long-Drawn Plan
Jon Moxley, formerly WWE’s Dean Ambrose, defeated Le Champion Chris Jericho to win the AEW World Championship this past week at AEW Revolution.
Many have speculated that the reason behind Jericho dropping the title is because he will be presumably gone for his upcoming Fozzy “Save The World” Tour and the promotion needs someone to show up with the gold in the meantime. Furthermore, the veteran performer had held the title for a significant amount of time, helping garner mainstream attention, and it was time for a younger, high-profile talent to take over the gold.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Moxley was always planned to become the second AEW Champion after Y2J.
“The long-term plan was always for Moxley to be the second champion, and for longevity it makes sense. If the idea is for people like Kenny Omega and/or Adam Page to be champions over the next year or two, from a storyline standpoint.”
Perhaps, the timing of Jericho’s tour has played a role in Moxley’s early coronation, specifically in the latter’s maiden title shot, but the fact that AEW has established another former WWE Superstars as the face of the company raises concerns about the company’s long-term agenda.
2. Jeff Cobb’s Status
Jeff Cobb shocked the pro wrestling community by showing up as The Inner Circle’s hired gun but hasn’t been around since losing to the undefeated Jon Moxley.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Cobb still hasn’t inked a deal with AEW and is yet to sign with any promotion.
“Nothing is new on the Jeff Cobb front. The last word we got is that he hadn’t made up his mind on whether to sign or not.”
Cobb’s love for ROH and NJPW makes us wonder whether he would even sign with The Khans now that the Bushiroad-owned promotion is planning for more shows in the United States.
3. Chris Jericho’s Status During Fozzy Tour
This week on AEW Dynamite, Chris Jericho teased taking a hiatus from the regular TV programming. His upcoming Fozzy “Save The World” Tour runs from April 16th to August 9th and it seems like the former AEW World Champion will have a difficult time handling his wrestling and concert schedules.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that since Fozzy’s tour doesn’t have any concert dates on Tuesday or Wednesday, Jericho can fly to the location where Dynamite is taped while on tour.
“Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy is back touring around the U.S. from 4/16 to 5/9. That won’t affect AEW since the band isn’t doing any shows on Tuesdays or Wednesdays so he can fly into the city where Dynamite is taped with and be there all day to get ready.”
4. Blood & Guts To Resuscitate Legendary Rule
AEW’s special episode of Dynamite on March 25th could be a very bloody affair on TNT, courtesy of the company’s first WarGames match.
Last year, Vince McMahon stirred up a huge controversy by referring to the upstart promotion as “blood and guts”. AEW picked up on the term and trademarked the same for its own version of WWE’s WarGames.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Blood & Guts is likely to bring back a rule framed by late great Dusty Rhodes that the match can only end via submission.
The rules for Blood & Guts are to be announced on Dynamite next week.
“They are going to do the two-ring War Games with a roof on it, likely with the only winning via submission finish that Dusty Rhodes created for a show at the Omni in Atlanta in 1987 for the Four Horseman & J.J. Dillon vs. Rhodes & Road Warriors & Nikita Koloff & Paul Ellering.”
AEW has made quite a name for itself by paying tribute to pro wrestling’s glorious past. From showcasing old-school gimmicks to feud-themed merchandise, AEW has truly been able to craft a product that’s unique and different from the mainstream pro wrestling of this generation.
5. Jake Roberts’ Status
Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ surprise appearance on the latest episode of AEW Dynamite made headlines in the pro wrestling community; the WWE Universe was shocked while AEW fans rejoiced over the legend’s arrival.
Roberts cut a promo on Co-Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes and left on a cliffhanger.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Roberts has indeed signed a deal with AEW.
“Jake is in, Jake Roberts is in.“
6. Brodie Lee’s Debut
Former WWE Superstar Luke Harper (real name Jonathan Huber) was released by the billion-dollar promotion three months ago. The 40-year old wrestler is officially a free agent now that he has served his 90-day non-compete clause.
Harper, now known as Brodie Lee, has long been rumored to be AEW-bound, and it appears that the ex-Superstar is gearing up to hit the ring once again.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Lee is expected to make his AEW television debut on the March 18th episode of Dynamite in his hometown of Rochester.
“Lee was expected to debut on 3/18 in Rochester.”
7. Matt Hardy’s Status
Matt Hardy officially became a free agent on March 1st when his WWE contract expired and the veteran performer hasn’t figured out his next career move yet.
For weeks, Hardy has been rumored to emerge as the leader of the Dark Order in AEW. While that’s still a possibility, Hardy must ink a deal with The Khans first.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that while fans still expect to see Matt in AEW, the multi-time tag team champion is yet to put pen to paper.
“We’re told he has not officially signed the contract and is still a free agent at this moment”
The fact that AEW offers creative control to talents makes it the most favorable company for Matt to work with. Hopefully, the 45-year-old wrestler will enjoy performing for the upstart promotion in the final few years of his career, should he sign a deal with The Khans.
8. Kenny Omega Injury Update
Kenny Omega injured his pinkie finger this past week at AEW Revolution. The Cleaner and his partner Adam Page defeated The Young Bucks to retain the AEW World Tag Team Championship in a brutal match that lasted for half an hour.
Omega was absent from AEW Dynamite this week, but Dave Meltzer reports that The Cleaner should be back in action sooner than later.
“They say Kenny Omega wasn’t at the show, I presume he wasn’t. I know he’s got a broken little finger, but it’s not something he needs surgery so they’ll put a cast on it. I have a feeling that he’ll wrestle at some point with the cast on, but he wasn’t brought in this week.”
9. Lance Archer’s Debut
Former WWE Superstar Lance Archer was supposed to make his AEW television debut this week on Dynamite but unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
Dave Meltzer reports that Archer’s debut was held off due to creative changes.
While Archer didn’t appear, WWE Hall Of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts made his surprise debut in a non-wrestling capacity and shared the ring with Cody Rhodes. The pro wrestling legend didn’t have nice words for the Co-Executive Vice President as he went on to introduce himself as a manager without revealing his client.
The current belief is that Archer is Roberts’ mystery client which could be another reason why AEW postponed the former Impact star’s TV debut.
As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.