Jon Moxley has been ranked the seventh best wrestler of 2020 in the first-ever ITR 50 as announced in the latest issue of Inside The Ropes Magazine.
Moxley achieved immense success in AEW this year, but it was over in NJPW where his monumental 2020 really began. After a brutal Texas Death match opposite Lance Archer, he regained the IWGP United States Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 14 and went on to defend the belt against Juice Robinson and Minoru Suzuki before being unable to travel to Japan for the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moxley still remains US champion despite this, with it currently being unclear when he will be returning to New Japan.
In AEW, meanwhile, Moxley had a meteoric rise to his challenge for Chris Jericho’s AEW World Championship at Revolution where he became the company’s second-ever world champion. Moxley would have sporadic appearances on Dynamite but had several compelling title programs with Jake Hager, Brodie Lee and Brian Cage throughout the spring and summer. His best defences came towards the latter half of the year, however, firstly retaining the title over MJF at All Out.
He would then enter a highly personal feud with long-time peer Eddie Kingston, where the two would reference each others’ pasts and express their innermost thoughts & fears en route to their Full Gear encounter. Moxley would force Kingston to say “I Quit” with a barbed-wire assisted Bulldog Choke after a brutal match, though this would be his last successful defence before succumbing to Kenny Omega – which occurred just beyond the eligibility period for this year’s rankings.
Scott Keith, a writer for Inside The Ropes Magazine, justified Moxley’s ranking by referring to his ability to legitimise and prop up any show he appeared on:
“Moxley legitimised the AEW World title in 2020. He cut the best promos of his career and was able to work any style needed. Most importantly, he was a lot of fun and made whatever show he was on seem like the big deal of the week.”
Issue 4 of Inside The Ropes Magazine, which features the ITR 50 in full, is available for both digital and physical purchase online worldwide as well as in the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland through select retailers.