Jon Moxley Was A Free Agent Before Signing New AEW Contract

Committed to AEW for 5 more years he may be, but Jon Moxley was a free agent for a while...

Jon Moxley

All Elite Wrestling confirmed that Jon Moxley had signed a new five-year contract with the promotion on Friday, though it has since emerged that the reigning AEW World Champion had been working as a free agent prior to this.

PWInsider's Mike Johnson reported over the weekend that Moxley actually signed his new AEW deal around the time of All Out 2022, which took place on 4 September. Prior to this, Mox had been working on a "handshake agreement" after his previous deal had expired, though AEW was never concerned about him potentially signing elsewhere.

Dave Meltzer has corroborated that last point, reporting that Moxley wasn't interested in returning to WWE - nor was he interested in playing the two companies against each other in negotiations.


On Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer also confirmed that Moxley had been a free agent for a while. He added that AEW was due to announce his renewal upon hitting Mox's Cleveland, Ohio hometown for the 18 October episode of Dynamite, but ultimately decided to bring it forward.

Moxley has been with AEW since May 2019, debuting at the inaugural Double Or Nothing pay-per-view.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.