Jon Moxley Accepts Lance Archer’s Challenge to a Texas Deathmatch on AEW Dynamite

Published 07/15/2021, 12:21 AM EDT
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.


Last week, ‘Machine Gun’ Karl Anderson challenged Jon Moxley to an IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship match. The champ happily accepted, and the contest was made official. However, fans were wondering if this is all a ploy to get the title off Moxley as he’s been off TV for some time due to daddy duties.

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The ‘wondering’ stopped this week as Moxley sent a loud and clear message to everyone thinking of laying down a challenge to him. How? Well, the ‘Deathrider‘ kicked out of a Stun Gun off the second rope! Karl Anderson did everything in his power and ability to win the title, but Jon Moxley is a different breed altogether!

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Lance Archer steps up to Jon Moxley after Karl Anderson at AEW Dynamite: Fyter Fest Night 1

Moxley retained the title after connecting with the paradigm shift. However, this win and the title grabbed someone’s eyeballs. And that someone is none other than the ‘Murderhawk Monster’ Lance Archer.

Immediately after Moxley’s win, Lancer Archer appeared and laid down a challenge to Moxley for the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship next week. He said Moxley beat him (Archer) to win the title over a year ago in Tokyo, Japan, and has gone on to defend it against some top names in the business.

He further added that now was the ideal time to get the rematch for the title. In addition, he said it would be fitting if the two fought in a Texas Deathmatch. After all, they fought in the same match when Moxley won the title. Plus, they will be in Dallas, Texas, next week.

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)

Later in the night, Mox gave his answer to Lance’s challenge. He said, he survived Lance Archer in Tokyo and also in Jacksonville. But he has also realized that Archer won’t stop coming after him because he wants to end his career. However, Mox doesn’t care, and he happily accepted.

He said, “The way I look at it, I’ll get them before they get me. I’m not the hunted, I’m the hunter. There is only one boogeyman in New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling, and it’s Jon Moxley, the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.

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Mox concluded, “You want Texas? Death? Lancer Archer next week, you will be not only Texas born, Texas bred, next week in Dallas you are Texas Dead!”

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 19: Jon Moxley celebrates the victory during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Korakuen Hall on July 19, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

Jon Moxley doesn’t back down from a challenge, not even a Texas Deathmatch challenge. After all, he is the ‘Innovator of Unscripted Violence.’

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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