Jon Moxley Announces Himself For The G1 Climax After Second NJPW Victory


Just four short days after making his in-ring debut for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he shocked the world in becoming the brand new IWGP U.S. Heavyweight Champion, Jon Moxley returned to the ring to score another big victory; that’s 2-0 since leaving WWE, for those keeping track.

Moxley was still showing signs of his brutal battle with Juice Robinson this Sunday morning at NJPW Dominion, and his opponent – the standout Young Lion Shota Umino – was able to take advantage of his injuries to score a few brief flurries of offense, but ultimately came nowhere close to putting down the newly dubbed “Death Rider”.

The real surprise came after the brief match, which was quickly wrapped up with Moxley’s signature double-underhook DDT (called “Dirty Deeds” in WWE). The former world champion surprised everyone yet again by declaring himself as an entrant in the 2019 G1 Climax!

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The G1 Climax is widely considered the most rigorous tournament in professional wrestling history. In previous years up to 20 stars would compete the round robin-style contest, fighting up to nine major singles matches and nine undercard tag team matches all in the span of about three weeks, desperately fighting and clawing for points against some of the greatest heavyweight wrestlers on the planet.

This year’s G1 will actually kick off for the very first time in the U.S., as NJPW invades the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on July 7th with the tournament’s opening night.