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Jon Moxley Reportedly In Contention To Face Hiroshi Tanahashi At All Out

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A new report has suggested what Jon Moxley might be doing on the night of September 5th when All Elite Wrestling presents its All Out pay-per-view.

On AEW Fight For The Fallen New Japan Pro Wrestling legend, Hiroshi Tanahashi appeared in a video saying that he was going to challenge the winner of the IWGP United States Championship match between Lance Archer and Hikuleo. The giant Bullet Club star fell short – despite having King Haku in his corner – with Archer retaining the title he won from Jon Moxley at Fyter Fest.

Later in the evening, Jon Moxley cut a promo backstage where he took Tanahashi’s name in vain saying New Japan’s Ace had been avoiding him for a long time now.

Dave Meltzer has now reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that there could be more for Hiroshi Tanahashi in the land of All Elite than just a shot at the IWGP US Title. Meltzer gave some insight into Moxley pitching a match against Tanahashi to AEW President Tony Khan.

Meltzer stated:

“Okay, so what I do know, is that fairly recently at 4 am I think Jon Moxley had a discussion, I don’t know the night I think was the night of a taping with Tony Khan, and he had an idea for a match. Which I believe is for the September 5th pay per view [All Out]. And Tony Khan liked the idea. I knew it was a top New Japan wrestler. I didn’t know the name of who it was, but I knew about the discussion.”

Dave Meltzer goes on to say that he believes Wrestle Grand Slam made it difficult for the top New Japan name to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi or Kazuchika Okada. However, now that Hiroshi Tanahashi will be facing Lance Archer for the IWGP US Title, he believes that he was probably the name in mind.

Tanahashi will be in the United States for his match with Lance Archer which is due to take place on the 14th of August on NJPW’s Resurgence show emanating from the Torch at LA Coliseum. That title match will be one of two main events on the show with NEVER Openwight Champion Switchblade Jay White set to defend his title against David Finlay.