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AEW’s Jon Moxley Advocates for Change in Pro Wrestling Protocols After Suffering Concussion in the Ring

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Last month on September 20th, Jon Moxley was defending the AEW International Championship against Rey Fenix during AEW Dynamite Grand Slam from Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

During the the match, Moxley suffered a “mild” concussion. However in an interview with The Messenger, Moxley shared the concussion happened only “30 seconds in,” which led him to feel like he was in “outer space for like 10 minutes.”

Moxley added “I just kept getting progressively more lost and couldn’t figure out where I was. Then, I had this moment of clarity, ‘Oh, I’m f—ed up. I gotta get out of here.'”  At that point, an in-ring audible which changes the outcome was called to get Moxley immediate medical attention, but also to give the title over to Fenix.


Recently, Jon returned to TV for an episode of AEW Collision, about a month after the incident.  He is now cleared to wrestle, but the whole event put into perspective how some change needs to happen to help the performers in the ring; this includes better safeguards to protect the wrestlers.

“Pro wrestling is such a strange thing,” Moxley shared ,”In football, if a guy goes down and he doesn’t go back to the huddle, you know he’s f**ed up. In pro wrestling, a lot of times it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake.”

As for how Jon views a new system, he weighed-in with how important it is to have specific people in specific spots ensuring things are running OK: “Maybe a really experienced wrestler and a really experienced doctor, who are trained to see signs and are watching it on a separate feed.  Even if they have a doctor close to ringside, what if the guy spills outside the ring? He doesn’t see that.”  In his hypothetical set-up, Moxley says the two-person team would not have any prior knowledge of what is supposed to happen.

Moxley stated “The doctor and wrestler are completely untethered to the creative portion of it.  They have no idea nor any interest in what the story is, who wins, who loses or how long it’s supposed to go.”

So, why does Moxley think a wrestler on the outside should be part of the protocol? “If a guy spins around or something and the doctor goes, ‘Is he OK?'” Moxley suggested,” the wrestler can tell him, ‘That’s just a pro wrestling thing. Don’t worry.'”

As soon as the doctor sees a sign of somebody being concussed, he just hits the red button, Moxley says. “Boom, this is over. No matter how much time is left. No matter if it’s on live TV. It’s just over, and you figure it out from there.”

So, do you think Jon Moxley is on the right track with how to help injured wrestlers in the ring during a match, so that the performers have a safe way out, especially if they are live on television or pay per view? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


AEW Full Gear 2023: MJF Retains World Title, Page & Strickland Deliver Classic, Will Ospreay Becomes ‘All Elite’ & ‘Timeless’ Toni Storm New Women’s Champ

On Saturday night, AEW mounted what was primed to be one of their best cards of the year at AEW Full Gear 2023 on pay-per-view emanating from the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California.

Within the show, there were multiple title changes, title defenses, a wonky main event storyline, and an instant classic Texas Death Match; that will be remembered for some time to come. Let’s recap what went down in the biggest matches of the night and who was victorious.

MJF, one half of the ROH tag team champions, teamed with Samoa Joe to go up against Colten and Austin Gunn. This match aired on Zero Hour before the main pay-per-view even started. After successfully defending the ROH tag team championship belts (Joe was ‘subbing’ for Adam Cole who was out with injury), the Gunns beat down MJF to soften him up for his AEW title defense against “Switchblade” Jay White. The result was an injury to Max’s knee, where he had to be carted off by stretcher and into an ambulance. Now afraid he will lose the belt if he can’t defend his title, MJF pleads with his bff Adam Cole to not let White win the belt.

Fast-forward to the main event, Cole on crutches and in no shape to go up against White, is saved at the last minute by MJF (in a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin-like moment) when he drives himself back to the arena in an ambulance. When Max gets out, he limps to the ring. Cole, is now at ringside and the match is on between White and MJF.  The match felt overbooked with too much interference, too many wrestling tropes, yet somehow with a bum knee and all, and with his Dynamite Diamond Ring, the champ prevailed over White. MJF will now become the longest reigning AEW champion in history surpassing 365 days come Monday.


No where to be found was the devil mask reveal. Many fans were hoping that this would be a part of the big ending to the show, but it was not meant to be.  Instead, best buds, MJF and Cole celebrated Max’s victory up the ramp.  This bout had a lot to live up to, because the match of the night and probably the year, belonged to Hangman Adam Page vs. Swerve Strickland in their Texas Death Match.

The feud between Page and Strickland, and the storyline leading into the match, and through the match, paid off beautifully. While this kind of in-ring battle was not for the faint of heart, as it featured lots of blood, and more blood, if you are a fan of a ‘death match’ or even if you’re not, this one had it all: barbed wire, cinder blocks, staplers, tables, chairs, and more.


The lasting image will be the moment that Page is welcoming Strickland’s blood to drip down all over his face and down his mouth! As gruesome as it seems, it all made sense, because this was the the culmination of a story that had become very personal. Swerve was jealous of the opportunities Page has had in AEW, to the point of breaking into Page’s home and going near his child in  cradle and then showing a video of the heinous act. As retribution, Page has wanted revenge. This match was a nail-biter, and in the end, Page put over Strickland. It was “Swerve’s House” in LA, as Strickland won the match, which will elevate him to a world title shot.

Another star with momentum going into Full Gear was ‘Timeless” Toni Storm. This new alter-ego gimmick of Storm’s is absolutely brilliant and hysterical, all at the same time. Now, AEW Women’s Champ Hikuru Shida put her title on the line against Toni Storm. During the match, there was constant interference from Storm’s butler, Luther, and much cheating from the challenger. However, the end came when ‘Timeless’ stuffed some sort of metal tray in the back of her tights and delivered a running hip into the corner of the ring against Shida. As predicted, it was “Timeless” Toni Storm’s time. She pinned Shida for the championship. This marks Storm’s third title reign, but the first as her ‘Hollywood’ starlet persona. In the post-show media scrum, Storm left Tony Khan a letter to read about winning the belt and heading off on to an airplane. Very funny, and even Khan couldn’t stop laughing while trying to read it to the press in attendance.


Storm wasn’t the only new Women’s champ at Full Gear. ‘House of Black’s” Julia Hart took the TBS Women’s championship besting Skye Blue and Kris Statlander in a three-way match for the belt. Hart becomes the youngest women’s champion in company history.

During Full Gear, it was going to be revealed just who was Tony Khan’s latest major signing to the roster. Well, cue the music. It was none other than ‘The Aerial Assassin’ Will Ospreay, and the crowd went nuts. Ospreay explained he still has to finish his contract with NJPW, but it will be completed come February and then in the spring of 2024, Ospreay will be ‘All Elite’ and with it, get ready to see what many consider the best wrestler in the world weekly on television.


Other major AEW Full Gear moments: 

Orange Cassidy defeated Jon Moxley to retain the AEW International Championship. Yes, Moxley bled, of course. However, this win for Cassidy is a huge one as Moxley put him over, even though “Freshly Squeezed” is one of the best wrestlers in the entire company.

Sting getting his moment in the sun in front of his hometown crowd in Los Angeles and California.  This is said to be the last appearance in Southern California for the ‘Stinger’ before he officially retires next year at AEW Revolution. This occurred following Adam Copeland, Sting and Darby Allin’s opening card victory against Luchasaurus, Christian Cage and Nick Wayne.


The Young Bucks throwing a massive temper tantrum – destroying the ring and everything at ringside  – after losing to Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho (The Golden Jets). This sets up the ‘Bucks’ continued heel turn.

Ricky Starks and Big Bill retaining the AEW Tag Team Titles in a four-way team ladder match. However, it was the touching admission from Bill in the post-show media scrum where he recalled his battle with the bottle and how wrestling and AEW changed his life, for the good.

So, how would you grade AEW Full Gear 2023? What was your favorite match on the card? Your least favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.  

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AEW: MJF Revealed as One of the Executive Producers of Upcoming Motion Picture on The Von Erich Family, ‘The Iron Claw’

Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) is not only appearing in the upcoming December release of the motion picture, The Iron Claw starring Zac Efron, but when the new key art and poster dropped for the film, it was revealed that MJF is also one of the executive producers on the film.

After the poster was unveiled, MJF took to social media on X and shared: “27 years old. Executive producer for an A24 movie and a masterpiece by Sean Durkin. Proud is an understatement. However, I don’t have time to celebrate. I’m a man on an island surrounded by the enemy, and Nov 18th will be my hardest obstacle yet. Let’s go. #Betterthanyou.”

MJF is referring to this weekend’s big AEW pay-per-view Full Gear from Los Angeles, where he will defend the AEW World Heavyweight Championship against Jay White, while he is also set to defend the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles with an injured Adam Cole sidelined, and a mystery partner to fill-in.

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Previously, it had been announced that Friedman had a role in The Iron Claw, about the heartbreaking and tragic real-life story of the Von Erichs, one of the most famous and prolific wrestling families in ring history.

The AEW champ plays Ricky Vaughn, a wrestler who promoter Fritz Von Erich gave the moniker of “Lance Von Erich” when he wasn’t actually related to the Von Erich family at all.

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The Iron Claw is in theatres on December 22nd also stars: Jeremy Allen White, Maura Tierney, and Harris Dickinson.  You can check out the latest trailer for the film below.

So, what do you think about MJF not only being the current face of AEW, but also being an executive producer and making an appearance in the highly-anticipated film, The Iron Claw? Comment below.


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‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair Signs Multi-Year Deal with AEW at 74

AEW CEO Tony Khan has announced a multi-year deal with none other than Pro Wrestling legend and Hall of Famer “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  Fans first saw Flair on AEW programming when he appeared during the Wednesday, October 25th episode of AEW: Dynamite on TBS.

Flair showed up as Khan’s ‘special gift” for Sting.  You see, Ric’s AEW debut comes at a time when his longtime friend, Sting had announced that he will retire after his final match in March of 2024 at AEW Revolution.  The stage is now set for Flair to be along for the ride as Sting finishes out his career. Longtime pro wrestling fans know that Flair and Sting have shared incredible rivalries, momentous matches, and a respected friendship.

In a statement on Ric Flair’s emergence in AEW, Tony Khan shared: “Ric cemented his legacy as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time long ago, and now his world-renowned persona and his amazing wrestling mind will be major assets to AEW’s programming and our position globally. Most importantly, it’s fitting that the final chapter of Sting’s iconic career will unfold on TBS with Ric Flair by his side.”

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Khan also announced that Flair’s Wooooo! Energy will become the exclusive energy drink of AEW. During AEW show dates, select host venues will carry the clean energy drink at concession stands for fans to enjoy. In addition, the beverage will be stocked in the wrestlers’ locker rooms, and will also be seen on the announcers’ desk during live broadcasts. Fans watching at home can experience Wooooo! Energy by ordering via

Flair said on his new partnership at 74-years-old, “I’ve been in the wrestling business for over 50 years. Together with AEW and Wooooo! Energy, I’ve never been more excited, and I’ve never had more energy! When the Nature Boy promises a show, you know how it’s gonna go! Wooooo!”

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Following AEW’s announcement of Flair joining the organization, Ric addressed whether he will be in-action at all inside the ring with PW Insider: “No, I don’t think I will. If you’re asking me if I want to? (Laughs) I have to be careful what I say because it never comes out (correctly). I just made it very clear to everybody that I can take bumps. I have a doctor’s release to do anything I want like that. Do I think I’ll wrestle again? No. Would I Would I like to? Obviously. (Laughs) I’m never going to say no.  There you go. (Laughs)”

If the Nature Boy can take bumps, will that mean that he will swerve Sting setting up a match between the two? Could Flair become involved with his son-in-law’s bouts if Andrade El Idolo needs some back-up? (El Idolo is married to Flair’s pro wrestling daughter, Charlotte Flair).

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In a new interview with, Flair said, he would actually love to manage his son-in-law: “I would love to manage him. There’s not too many guys in the ring that are better than him technically. Man, he can do anything. You watch him and Bryan Danielson. He did some stuff I’ve never seen him do before and I’ve seen him do everything. He’s unreal. He just needs a mouthpiece. He’s been taking English for a couple of years, but it is just hard to certainly understand and can speak it.”

So, what do you think of Ric Flair signing a multi-year with AEW? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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