Jon Moxley Accepts Kenta’s Challenge; Breaks Open the Forbidden Door on AEW Dynamite

Published 02/10/2021, 9:20 PM EST
TOKYO, JAPAN – JANUARY 05: Jon Moxley of United States celebrates the victory during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling ‘Wrestle Kingdom 14’ at the Tokyo Dome on January 05, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)


The forbidden door has been blasted wide open. Kenta is now in AEW and will team up with Kenny Omega to take on Jon Moxley and Lance Archer. On Dynamite, Moxley cut a promo about his challenger for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.

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Jon Moxley accepts Kenta’s challenge; sends him a stern warning

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 13: Jon Moxley looks on during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Ota-City General Gymnasium on July 13, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

At NJPW’s New Beginning USA, Jon Moxley will defend his IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against former WWE and ROH star Kenta. For the uninitiated, the Japanese superstar won a tournament that guarantees him a title shot against the reigning champion.

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“Kenta has been calling me out for months from across an ocean, walking around with a stupid little briefcase, talking trash, looking like a dork. So what happened last week was no surprise to me.”

Last week at Beach Break, Kenny Omega and the Good Brothers continued their attack on Pac, after beating them in a six-man tag match. As Moxley made the save, he was taken out by a masked man, who was revealed to be Kenta.

“What happened? Did Kenny Omega and Kenta connect on some Bullet Club Facebook? No, what I think happened is Kenta realises that time for cheap talk is now over and if he wants this, he’s gonna have to get it done in the ring,” said Jon Moxley, the former AEW World Champion.

“February 26th, Kenta and I are gonna stand eye to eye, toe to toe, mono-a-mono. Two of the hardest hitting, nastiest suckers in the game are gonna unload on each other, a war of attrition until one man can’t stand up anymore. On February 26th, I’m gonna dump you on your head. But that’s a sanctioned match for the IWGP United States Championship. Tonight? Sanctioned? Not so much.”

AEW has opened the Forbidden door

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AEW and NJPW are finally working together, and it is the most exciting time to be a wrestling fan. Both AEW and NJPW are great wrestling companies, and the quality of their product is par excellence. A coalition between the two seems to be the best thing in wrestling.

Jon Moxley brandishing the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship on Dynamite gives the belt some much needed exposure on US television. In 2020, Chris Jericho faced Hiroshi Tanahashi, the Ace of New Japan, at Wrestle Kingdom. He defeated the Japanese legend and brandished the AEW World Championship, giving the title exposure in Japan.

This is a genius move from both companies, proving that they can form a working relationship. Whether this is an attempt to unite against a common enemy [WWE] is uncertain, but we certainly like what we’re seeing.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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