Jon Moxley set the tone for All Elite Wrestling the moment he stomped through the crowd, hit the ring and laid out both Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega at the company's inaugural show, Double or Nothing in May 2019.
And following Tony Khan's announcement that the AEW World Championship is being vacated and he is booking a tournament to crown the next titleholder, it is only right that Moxley sets the tone for the promotion again.
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The Grand Slam Tournament of Champions will conclude on September 21 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, and despite the presence of former holders Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson and Hangman Page, as well as young pillars Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara, it is The Death Rider who should emerge as the first three-time AEW world champion.
His promo Wednesday night on Dynamite, in which he refocused the attention of the company on its world title and laid out the importance of that championship to both himself and the AEW roster, is just one example of why.
The thoughts of "Moxley" and "quiet" going hand-in-hand may be ludicrous given his outspoken promos of late, but the former champ has consistently starred for AEW without the demand for attention other stars in his position typically do.
While not everyone favors his in-ring style, there is no denying he has put in the effort that a top spot in any promotion demands. He has been a workhorse, battling everyone from top AEW attractions like Kenny Omega and CM Punk to Forbidden Door arrivals like Hiroshi Tanahashi and Minoru Suzuki.
Moxley has repeatedly shown an ability to work with different stars of varying backgrounds and remains over with fans.
It is that connection with the audience and his ability to elicit emotion that keeps him as a viable option for Khan in situations like the one the owner and general manager of AEW currently finds himself in.
He is a motivator, a captivating presence. He has been a face of the company since day one, and the fans respect the effort he puts in between the ropes and his ass-kicking attitude.
He is unfazed by the noise around him and has the innate ability to refocus the entire show to the topic at hand, as fans witnessed Wednesday night on Dynamite.
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It is that consistency and the unbreakable bond with the audience that makes Moxley an easy choice for champion. Future storytelling is just another reason.
MJF has a world championship opportunity guaranteed to him by way of his victory in the Casino ladder match at All Out.
Still clearly a top heel, and one of the last great bad guys in the business, his eventual world title victory should come against a beloved babyface.
Considering his first loss in AEW came at the hands of Moxley, what better opponent for the Long Island loudmouth to defeat than the anti-authority rebel babyface who dealt him his first defeat?
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If MJF is not in Khan's plans for the world title, we must look further ahead at the potential storytelling options at the owner's disposal.
Assuming Punk remains with the company following the events of Sunday night, which led to his reported suspension, a showdown with Moxley makes sense.
They just clashed at All Out, with The Best in the World becoming the first person to pin Moxley clean in the center of the ring since Lance Archer on July 22, 2021.
Add to that the reality-based creative that exists, with Moxley reminding Punk he has twice had to pick up the ball that the Chicago native has dropped, and you have an engaging and captivating storyline that attracts attention and backs up a star-studded matchup.
There are many directions Khan and Moxley can go in the future that benefit AEW, whether it be the elevation of young stars such as MJF or as a star attraction for higher-profile matches against his fellow industry giants.
The argument can be made that Chris Jericho provides the same consistency and level of star power, but it is the attitude and swagger that comes with Moxley that separates him from the future Hall of Famer in that regard.
Injury concerns for Danielson and Guevara and Allin's relative inexperience in consistent main event settings create too many questions for them to be truly considered for the position.
Taking that into consideration, and looking at what Moxley did as a more driven and determined interim world champion leading into All Out, the unapologetic hellraiser is the right choice to close out Dynamite Grand Slam in two weeks and again stand tall as the world champion and the quiet constant of AEW.
"This is the time to be a legend," Moxley said Wednesday night, as an exclamation point on the best promo of his career.
He is already on his way to that distinction. Another world title win in the darkest of days in AEW's young career would expedite the process.