Jon Moxley Pulls out of Kenny Omega Match at AEW All Out Due to Elbow Infection

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2019

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 11:  Jon Moxley enters the ring during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Nippon Budokan on August 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Jon Moxley announced Friday on Twitter that he has been forced to pull out of All Elite Wrestling's All Out pay-per-view Aug. 31 due to an elbow injury.

Moxley noted that he has a "serious case" of MRSA in his elbow that will render him unable to face Kenny Omega in one of the event's marquee matches:

Jon Moxley @JonMoxley

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 .

Also, Moxley tweeted that he will undergo surgery to remove a bursa sac:

Jon Moxley @JonMoxley

I apologize to all involved, most importantly the fans. I am incredibly frustrated and pissed off. I'll have surgery this week to remove the bursa sac in my elbow and be done with it for good. Should be a quick recovery so I will be 100% for AEW Wednesday nights on TNT.

The bout would have been Moxley's second with the company after previously beating Joey Janela in a non-sanctioned match at Fyter Fest.

AEW announced that Moxley will be replaced by Pac, who went by the name Neville during his WWE tenure:

All Elite Wrestling @AEWrestling

#AEWAllOut Saturday, August 31st, 2019 - @Sears_Centre - Chicago, IL PAC vs KENNY OMEGA LIVE on Pay Per View https://t.co/4NxCmK2KQJ

Pac was originally supposed to face Adam "Hangman" Page at Double or Nothing in May, but he was pulled from the card shortly before the show due to reported creative differences.

Despite not being able to compete, Moxley tweeted his hope that fans will still tune in to All Out:

Jon Moxley @JonMoxley

Still, I expect All out to be an amazing ppv and hope all the fans out there looking for an alternative tune in. You will be blown away by AEW and be excited to be a wrestling fan. I'm looking forward to watching as a fan myself

Moxley made a shocking debut at AEW's Double or Nothing in May following the main event between Omega and Chris Jericho. The former WWE Superstar attacked Omega, which set the stage for what was supposed to be a huge contest at All Out.

For the past couple of months, Moxley has primarily been competing in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He won the IWGP United States Championship in his first match for the company and also took part in the G1 Climax tournament.

Earlier this week, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Steve Russell of SEScoops), reported Moxley may have contracted the elbow infection while wrestling in Japan.

Moxley worked a singles match against Pentagon Jr. last week, but Meltzer noted that he was careful not to bump on his injured elbow.

This isn't the first time that Moxley has dealt with an infection, as he suffered a staph infection while recovering from a bicep injury in 2018. Moxley said the infection nearly killed him.

With Moxley on the shelf, there is suddenly a major hole in the All Out card. Jericho and Page are likely to main-event in a match that will determine the first AEW world champion.

While Moxley and Omega getting called off is undoubtedly a disappointment to fans, Omega vs. Pac has the potential to be a show-stealing match as well.

Moxley's status is worth monitoring leading up to the debut of AEW's weekly show on TNT on Oct. 2 since he is expected to be a huge part of the product.

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