AEW's Jon Moxley 100% Plans to Be at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 14 in January

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2019

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 12:Jon Moxley lifts the belt during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 29 at Nippon Budokan on August 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.(Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Jon Moxley's future with New Japan Pro-Wrestling isn't set in stone, but the IWGP United States champion said Wednesday that he plans to be part of Wrestle Kingdom 14 in January. 

In an interview with NJPW's official website, Moxley talked about his desire to compete in the Tokyo Dome: "100 percent I plan to be at the Tokyo Dome. I don't know who I'll be facing, whether I'm still U.S. champion. But I've been in WrestleMania, in the G1, and this is the next step. Anyone who's anyone in Japan has competed in the Tokyo Dome, so I absolutely plan on being there."

In the meantime, Moxley is scheduled to appear on All Elite Wrestling's debut episode of AEW on TNT in two weeks after missing All Out due to an elbow infection.

Moxley made his NJPW debut at Best of the Super Juniors in June and beat Juice Robinson for the U.S. title in his first match.

The Death Rider then entered the G1 Climax tournament and led Block B for much of the event, but lost his final four matches, including a defeat at the hands of Robinson to close his tournament and fall short of the finals.

After losing to Robinson, a rematch was set for King of Pro Wrestling, and Moxley will defend the U.S. title against him at that event on Oct. 14. If Moxley can get past Robinson, he provided some insight on what might be next:

"As United States champion, I think I've gotta settle the score with Juice Robinson. Before I do anything else, that's No. 1 on the agenda. So let's get an answer, sign the contract, get the plane tickets and get that out the way. After I put him in the ground, I plan on remaining U.S. champion. After that I'm sure there'll be a lot of people gunning for that title. I'll have my head on a swivel, there'll be challengers coming from all directions. Already there are people who beat me for the G1, so they could make a case to challenge me. People could pop out all of a sudden and then we have an issue. The plan, if I have one, is to stay right here at the top and not take any steps backward."

Since Moxley is one of AEW's top stars and the start of its weekly show is just two weeks away, there is some question regarding how much time Moxley will be able to dedicate to NJPW between now and January.

Assuming he is healthy after missing All Out, Moxley is set to finally face Kenny Omega at Full Gear in November. After that, Moxley could conceivably find himself in the AEW World Championship scene.

Even if Moxley is only a part-timer for NJPW and makes infrequent appearances, he could still be an asset due to his star power and name recognition, much like Chris Jericho during his AEW run.

Regardless of who he faces or where he is on the card, it would behoove NJPW to use Moxley at Wrestle Kingdom in order to get as many eyes on the product as possible.

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