AEW: Update on Jon Moxley’s AEW Absence, Bryan Danielson on Will Ospreay Being “Evolution of Pro Wrestling”, Tony Khan on Future AEW Hall of Fame

Update on Jon Moxley’s Current AEW Absence

Jon Moxley has been noticeably absent from AEW programming since AEW’s Revolution 2024 event earlier this month.

Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that the reason for Moxley’s absence is not due to any injury-related reason and instead is simply due to Moxley being granted some time off from the company. It was reported that this break had been granted by AEW officials ahead of time and this is the reason why Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli were not included in AEW’s tag team tournament to crown new AEW Tag Team Champions.

It was also reported that another reason is due to Moxley currently has scheduled bookings for CMLL and NJPW that take place during AEW’s tag team tournament. Moxley’s booking with CMLL had been planned well over a month ago and he would not have been able to participate in AEW’s tournament by the time of AEW’s announcement of it.

Bryan Danielson Comments on Will Ospreay Being the Evolution of Pro Wrestling

Sports Illustrated held a recent interview with Bryan Danielson. One of the topics discussed included Danielson’s belief about Will Ospreay being the evolution of professional wrestling.

“I’m not married to the idea that my take on professional wrestling is the best. I’m really interested in what the younger generation thinks about professional wrestling and what inspires them. Will Ospreay is the evolution of professional wrestling.”

Danielson also gave his thoughts about his belief that he nor anyone else in the world can wrestle a Will Ospreay style match but Ospreay can wrestle a Danielson style match.

“If Will Ospreay wanted to do a Bryan Danielson match, he could. If I wanted to do what Will Ospreay does in a match, I couldn’t. I don’t think there is anybody else in the world who can. That makes me super excited for this match. There’s a great Arthur Brooks book, From Strength to Strength, and it talks about finding success. In physics, most people have their standout work before they turn 40. A lot of that is complete original thinking, and your brain changes as you get older. Yet, historians, they tend to peak in their 60s and 70s.

So when you say that Ospreay couldn’t do a Bryan Danielson match, he can do every move I do. As I get older, what I’ve found is the story of telling a match, that’s where I’ve gotten better. That’s not something Ospreay can do now. It’s not something I could do when I was 30 years old. When I was 30 years old, I also couldn’t do that Will Ospreay can do now.”

Tony Khan Comments on Who Would Be First Inductees for Potential AEW Hall of Fame in Future held a recent interview with AEW CEO Tony Khan. One of the topics discussed included Khan’s thoughts about who would get inducted as the first members for a potential AEW Hall of Fame in the future.

“If we ever do an AEW Hall of Fame, certainly the first two people that come to mind that we would have to honor would be Sting and Mr. Brodie Lee. Two of the greatest champions and two of the greatest people we’ve ever had in AEW, and in very different circumstances. Sting and Mr. Brodie Lee would be great people to build any Hall of Fame class around.

Somebody that never got to wrestle in AEW that I also feel very strongly about, who needs to be talked about and honored, is Jay Briscoe. I always wanted to bring Jay into AEW. He was my friend and was friends with a lot of people in the locker room. He was one of the greatest wrestlers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and producing for. Jay Briscoe is somebody else who is very important to all of us even though he never actually got the chance to wrestle in AEW.”