With AEW All Out taking place in roughly one week, one of the marquee matches was Jon Moxley versus Kenny Omega. However, it was recently confirmed by Moxley, on Twitter, that he would be unable to compete at the event in question. According to Moxley, he had recently been stricken by a case of MRSA, which returned to his elbow. As a result, he would not be able to compete.
I'm absolutely gutted to have to deliver this news but I'd rather it come directly from me. In a nightmare scenario, a serious case of MRSA has returned in my elbow. The timing couldn't be worse. In this circumstance I am forced to pull out of the fight 8/31 vs Omega at All Out .
— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) August 23, 2019
Prior to this confirmation, rumors circulated regarding an elbow injury that Moxley was working through. This makes sense, as he suffered a triceps injury, in 2017, in the same arm. What was believed to be a standard injury that would heal following surgery ended up becoming a more considerable issue. It stands to reason that the aforementioned MRSA is linked to this, but it has not been confirmed.
While the news of Moxley being unable to compete at All Out is unfortunate, he posted a follow-up tweet. After apologizing to fans, he said that he would undergo surgery to remove the bursa sac from his elbow. He was also confident that he would recover one-hundred percent heading into AEW’s television debut on TNT.
Following the news of Moxley’s injury, AEW went on Twitter to announce that Omega’s opponent for All Out would be PAC. Originally slated to challenge Hangman Page at Double or Nothing, PAC will make his official AEW debut at All Out.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 23, 2019
Sutter’s Synopsis: To say that this is sad news would be an understatement, not only for those that have followed AEW but wrestling fans in general. Following his departure from WWE, Moxley became one of the hottest acts in the industry, not only in AEW but New Japan Pro Wrestling and the independent scene as well. Though Moxley is confident that he will recover quickly, MRSA has proven to be a tricky health problem that must be approached with care.
With that said, AEW should be commended for how it has been able to bounce back from this news. When it was originally revealed that PAC wouldn’t be at Double or Nothing, it left a sour taste in the mouths of many fans. It can be argued that his inclusion at All Out, against Omega no less, is an act of goodwill by the company. Though Moxley’s presence on the show will be missed, the fact that PAC will take his place makes the proverbial bitter pill easier to swallow.