Jon Moxley‘s summer after leaving WWE has been an eventful one, with the former Dean Ambrose participating in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 29, making his “unsanctioned” All Elite Wrestling debut, and performing on the American independent scene.
Per an announcement by Game Changer Wrestling, he’ll further expand his horizons two weeks after he wrestles Kenny Omega at AEW All Out when he takes on former UFC Champion Josh Barnett at Game Changer Wrestling’s Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 2.
Here’s the hype video GCW posted for the match:
Moxley doesn’t initially seem like an obvious choice for a Bloodsport event, at which matches can only end by knockout or submission, the ring has no ropes, and the matches are much more shoot style than most. The previous Bloodsport shows, parts of the WrestleMania Weekends of 2018 and 2019, featured the likes of Tom Lawlor, Dominic Garrini, Jonathan Gresham, Dan Severn, and Frank Mir, with Matt Riddle vs. Minoru Suzuki the main event of the first show and Barnett vs. Suzuki headlining the second. However, these events also featured wrestlers known for working a more brawling wrestling style as well, including Nick Gage and Eddie Kingston. Mox easily fits into this latter category.
The rest of the card for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 2, which will take place in Atlantic City on September 14 and will be available to stream live on Fite TV, has yet to be announced, but the presence of a former WWE Superstar and current AEW wrestler is sure to get more eyes on the event.
(Now announce Gresham vs. Suzuki, please!)