Breaking news coming out of this morning’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Finals, as Jon Moxley has won the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
In what was his first match since leaving WWE at the end of April, the artist formerly known as the “Lunatic Fringe” stepped into the historic Ryogoku Sumo Hall with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. His opponent? A pissed off Juice Robinson looking to prove that he is anything but the same developmental talent that Moxley knew years ago, back when the two first shared the ring in FCW.
Juice showed off a whole new level of aggression during this morning’s match, and actually cut off all of his signature dreadlocks to reveal a matching new look to go along with the personality. While he did his best to dig down to the dirty, bloody places that Moxley went during throughout their title fight, ultimately it was the newly dubbed “Death Rider” that scored the victory, winning the IWGP U.S. title in the process.
This match was doubly important for Moxley to win, as he had everything to lose after several podcasts broke over the last week sharing his incredibly candid takes, exposing and confirming massive problems with both Vince McMahon and the modern WWE creative process.
Of course, this sets up an interesting scenario where a top All Elite Wrestling star coming off a prominent run in WWE, now has possession of a New Japan singles championship.
BEST OF THE SUPER Jr.26 最終戦！第7試合IWGP USヘビー級選手権試合、ジュース・ロビンソン VS @JonMoxley！両者いきなりフルスロットル！ジュースが４度目の防衛を果たすか⁉︎それともモクスリーが初出場初戴冠を果たすか⁉︎
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