Jon Moxley has declared that he is still very much a part of New Japan Pro-Wrestling and indicated that he will be for some time.
Moxley had been absent from NJPW for almost a year when he appeared via video at Wrestle Kingdom 15 to warn the possible contenders for his IWGP United States Championship that he would be coming for them. That night, KENTA beat Satoshi Kojima to retain the US Championship Right To Challenge Briefcase. Moxley then made good on his warning when he made a shocking appearance on NJPW Strong, laying out KENTA and his Bullet Club teammates to close the show.
In an interview with NJPW, Moxley addressed his return, saying that he made his intentions clear at Wrestle Kingdom, and that he will be with the company for as long as pleases.
“I made my intentions clear at Wrestle Kingdom. I’m still — all this craziness in the world aside in the last ten months — I’m still very much a part of New Japan Pro Wrestling and will continue to be for as long as I damn well please and as much as I damn well please. There ain’t anything that’s going to change that. There ain’t anybody that decides that except for me.”
The former AEW World Champion also had some words for KENTA, mocking his briefcase and saying that belts are the only things that matter to him.
“I’m still a part of New Japan and you’re going to have to beat me in the ring and your stupid briefcase, walking around, looking like an idiot. The briefcase is very ten years ago, I don’t know why we’re still doing that. It’s an embarrassment really. Belts, shiny gold belts, that’s all that matters”
At AEW Beach Break, KENTA ramped up the rivalry by kicking down the so-called ‘Forbidden Door’ between the two companies and dropping Moxley with his Go To Sleep finisher.
Following the show, Kenny Omega announced that he wants to team with KENTA on the next episode of Dynamite to face Moxley and Lance Archer in a ‘lights out, pinfalls count anywhere’ match. This will take place just a few weeks before KENTA finally gets his chance at Moxley’s US Championship at New Beginning USA on February 26th.
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.