AEW President Tony Khan has opened up about the long-term effects on storylines that Jon Moxley being absent is going to have.
It was revealed last week that Moxley would be entering an inpatient alcohol recovery program, which meant he had to be replaced by Miro in the AEW World Title Eliminator tournament, who beat Orange Cassidy to advance to the final against Bryan Danielson at Full Gear.
Speaking with PWTorch (in an interview taped on Friday, November 5 before that night’s Rampage), Tony Khan said:
“Yes, there was a storyline ripple effect and it definitely affected this past week’s show. And then that was coupled and really enhanced, by Eddie being out sick on Wednesday. Eddie is back tonight now. But the card was definitely thinner. And it definitely hurt the show.
“This is going to have a long-term ripple effect. Absolutely. And we’ll see how things go at Full Gear. But Miro taking Jon’s place in the tournament, it definitely changed multiple stories and multiple plans. And you know, thankfully, we just kind of punted the can down the road, and it did affect the card, and I changed up what I was planning for the matches this past Wednesday, but the face-to-face confrontation, at least between Punk and Kingston, we are able to have it now. Tonight, on Rampage.”
That face-to-face confrontation didn’t disappoint and you should definitely seek it out and watch it if you haven’t already. AEW uploaded pretty much the entire thing on YouTube at this link, and it already has over a million views.
Khan said he was considering other people to take Moxley’s spot in the tournament, but when he thought of Miro, he “really didn’t have to think much more about it”.
Quote via WrestlingNews.co