Jon Moxley finally made his debut in Josh Barnett's Bloodsport 3, against Chris Dickinson. The event was initially slated for April 02, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His original opponent was Josh Barnett, but that was changed due to Barnett's other commitments as a producer and booker.
The AEW World Champion beat Chris Dickinson in his Bloodsport debut and even cut a promo after the match.
Jon Moxley cuts promo about COVID-19 safety after his Bloodsport match
Jon Moxley told the crowd in attendance to obey safety protocols as Independent Wrestling is the sport's lifeblood.
As stated earlier, Jon Moxley was supposed to face Josh Barnett, but that was changed to Barnett's other commitments. Barnett had commented about Jon Moxley's skill level a few days ago on the Wrestlinginc Daily podcast and also said that the people chosen for Bloodsport are those who could fight for real.
"Mox (Jon Moxley), if you want to say anything about MMA, he trained in professional wrestling. Professional wrestling's roots are essentially what make up mixed martial arts. The term 'No Holds Barred,' which is what MMA was called in its earlier days, is derived from professional wrestling. I mean, if you watch his match vs. Jake Hager, you can see that he's got skills that he spent time grappling and knows submissions skills, and the man just pure knows how to fight. And that's what we need more than anything."
"If you're in Bloodsport, it's because I've seen something in you that shows that you can fight. You can go out there and let the fists fly. If you're cut, your bleeding [or] you're hurt, you're not going to just roll over for anyone, and you're not just out there trying to pantomime what you think a fighter is. You just are doing it." (H/T Wrestling Inc)
Jon Moxley has been explicit in the past about being able to wrestle anywhere he wished, and his commitment to independent wrestling exemplifie that. It'll be interesting to see if Moxley returns to the event in the future. Will other AEW stars join him? Only time will tell.Published 12 Oct 2020, 09:29 IST