Though the nascent company were naturally already interested in his signature before hand, AEW's desire to draft in the former Dean Ambrose Jon Moxley has apparently exaggerated now Pac is set to miss Double or Nothing.
The Geordie had been penned in to face off with Hangman Page at this Saturday's pay-per-view, but will no longer be in Las Vegas as a consequence of alleged 'creative differences'. In order to deliver on a match many fans were eagerly anticipating, AEW are keen to bring in a top-draw replacement - and few, in terms of prestige if not work, fit that bill better than Moxley.
According to Dave Meltzer, speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Moxley is not expected to resume wrestling until he completes shooting on a current film project. The one-time 'Lunatic Fringe' is a star of MMA action movie Cagefighter, alongside Michael Jai White, Gina Gershon and Michelle Ryan.
There is no timeframe on Moxley's return to the ring, though Meltzer has reported that he expects to see him join up with AEW by the time the year's out.
The amicable nature of Moxley's departure from WWE - including one of the longest goodbyes ever - has led some fans to speculate that it may just be a temporary thing. It could just be that he's managed to pull the wool over his former bosses' eyes in the manner of his chief influence, Brian Pillman.
Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know).
He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.