Jon Moxley Takes Top Spot In PWI 500
Breaking free of his "prison" seems to have done wonders for Mox
PWI 500 was released this week with AEW World Champion Jon Moxley taking the number 1 spot. It's been a successful year for the man formerly known as Dean Ambrose. Having left WWE at the end of his contract in April 2019, he posted a prison break style vignette on his socials on May 1st, reverting to his former gimmick Jon Moxley. He went on to make his AEW debut later that month, attacking Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega and even the referee at the companies inaugural PPV Double or Nothing. His first match for AEW came in June at the Fyter Fest event where he faced Joey Janela in an "unsanctioned match".
After that match he was attacked by Omega, setting up a mouth watering feud between the two. Unfortunately the angle was put on the back burner as Moxley had to pull out of the match, scheduled for All Out, due to an infection in his elbow and he would have to undergo surgery to remove it. The feud was soon picked back up in October when Moxley attacked Omega during the premiere episode of Dynamite. Moxley would go on to defeat Omega at Full Gear on November 9th in an unsactioned Lights Out match.
It was in December 2019 when Mox then set his sights on the World Championship, at the time held by "Le Champion" Chris Jericho. The leader of The Inner Circle initially invited Jon Moxley to join the faction. Moxley would fool the World Champion in to beliving that he accepted the offer only to turn on them moments later, making off with the very expensive Ford GT, complete with "MOX" vanity plate. In January, Moxley defeated Pac to earn a World Championship title match at Revolution. He would defeat Chris Jericho in that match, becoming the first person to hold a title in both AEW and NJPW simultaneously, having regained the IWGP United States championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14. So far Jon Moxley has defeated AEW title challengers Mr. Brodie Lee, Brian Cage and Darby Allin.
He had initially won the IWGP United States Championship on his in-ring debut for NJPW in June 2019 but due to travel restrictions following a typhoon in Japan, Moxley agreed to vacate the title and was replaced by Lance Archer who defeated Juice Robinson, who had previously lost the title to Moxley, for the belt. Moxley would make his return in December, attacking both Lance Archer and Minoru Suzuki and would challenge Lance Archer to a Texas Deatchmatch for the United States championship. At Wrestle Kindom 14, in January 2020, Moxley defeated Archer by knockout to reclaim the title and go on to become the longest reigning United States Champion, surpassing the record, held by Kenny Omega, on August 1st.
Jon Moxley was followed on the PWI 500 list by NXT's Adam Cole in 2nd and former AEW World Champion, Chris Jericho, in 3rd. Cody made it four in the top ten for AEW, placing 7th on the list. Former AEW star Kylie Rae was the highest ranked female on the list at #78
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