By all accounts, Jon Moxley in New Japan should work perfectly. He’s beloved by fans, is able to work the hard hitting and technical style that is very popular with the company, and loves being there. However, we might never see him win another title with the company, as that doesn’t work nearly as well. He won the IWGP United States Championship in his debut match for the company, beating Juice Robinson in a brutal match, but this reign ended with him being stripped of the title after he couldn’t make it to Japan for a title defense due to a typhoon. History might repeat itself with his second reign.
Jon Moxley Won The Championship Again In The Tokyo Dome
Lance Archer would claim the vacant championship, and hold it until Wrestle Kingdom 14. On night one, he’d lose it back to Jon Moxley in a Texas Deathmatch, which was the final major match for Archer in NJPW. Moxley would waste no time getting defenses, facing Juice Robinson the next night, and Minoru Suzuki on the New Beginning tour. We would see a defense against Zack Sabre Jr. teased, but that wouldn’t get to happen as COVID-19 would shut down NJPW for three and a half months shortly after.
All NJPW Champions Must Defend Their Titles Soon
While we won’t see NJPW hold Moxley not being able to defend over the last few months against him, it could soon become an issue. We know when Tetsuya Naito will defend his titles, and the New Japan Cup should set up defenses of the Junior Heavyweight, NEVER Openweight, and more. All champions are present and accounted for in Japan, except for Moxley. With the travel ban, and his commitments to AEW as their top champion, it might be very hard for Moxley to be able to defend his title. While they could have him show up at a show in the United States, like the taped show from California, and defend against someone like Rocky Romero? This is unlikely. He has never appeared for NJPW in America, likely due to his dealings with NJPW. Unless these companies can work out a quick relationship, Moxley will lose his title once again due to issues outside of his control.
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