Maybe it started off as a bucket list thing Jon Moxley wanted to try. But as we approach the one year mark since he arrived in New Japan, it’s looking more and more like Mox will be a fixture in the promotion.
Take The New Beginning today (Feb. 9) in Osaka. Moxley got his dream match with Minoru Suzuki, and proved to the legend that while he may not be able to do $#!+, he could beat Suzuki and keep his IWGP United States title.
It was not for the faint of heart - and as someone with no tolerance for unprotected chair shots to the head, I count myself among the faint-hearted here... even with that though, this was a ton of fun (hey, I’m a man of contradictions). Mostly it was about Suzuki being a demented madman who refused to stay down. The aforementioned chair shot eventually softened him up for a Death Rider.
And as if retaining his title wasn’t proof enough, his next challenger immediately emerged,
Zack Sabre Jr. is considered one of, if not the, best technical wrestler in the world. It’ll be interesting to see who adapts to whose style when he & Mox eventually clash.
While we wait to find out when that will happen, at least there’s little uncertainty about Jon Moxley’s New Japan roster status.
It looks like he’s gonna be there for a while.
Get full results from The New Beginning in Osaka here.