With only a week to go before AEW All Out, Jon Moxley announced Friday that he is off the show after being diagnosed with a MRSA staph infection in his elbow and will not be cleared in time for his highly anticipated match against Kenny Omega.
Moxley developed the infection sometime over the past month while taking part in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 29 tournament.
This isn’t the first time he has dealt with MRSA. In December 2017, while working for WWE (as Dean Ambrose), he contracted the infection following surgery to repair a triceps injury and remained sidelined until August 2018.
AEW worked quickly to find a replacement for him in the co-main event. It announced that PAC (formerly Neville in WWE) will now face Omega at All Out.
It’s a good save for the company and the best it could do. PAC was originally set to be part of previous AEW shows, but that was on hold until he lost the Dragon Gate championship. He did that last month, clearing the way for him to join AEW with no issues.
As for Moxley, he has promised fans that despite this setback, he will be back in time for AEW’s Oct. 2 television debut on TNT.
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