For the last 564 days one man has been the IWGP United States Champion Jon Moxley. The amount of times I've heard the term "forbidden door" being open which is something that wasn't a term or phrase before this year. New Japan pairing up with All Elite Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling pairing up with Impact Wrestling, which are two words I never thought I would say. Moxley's title reign was extended out due to the global pandemic that changed the world. New Japan was the first company to step aside and shut down until they figured out what the best way to handle the situation was and to protect the wrestlers.
Moxley was a stable presence within New Japan and has become a stable presence within AEW. Moxley helped build the foundation within All Elite Wrestling, being one of the few names that the company was able to build the roster around. In my opinion, New Japan seems to be ready to get going again and wants a fresh start for the company and a new beginning. They will definitely get that with the "Murderhawk Monster" taking control of the gold.
I know some fans might be surprised by the idea that the title change took place in the United States as opposed to in Japan. Reality is that New Japan cleared this title switch, otherwise there is no way this would've happened. It seems possible that Moxley will likely not be traveling to Japan as often due to having his first child, and they needed to make the move to someone who can travel to Japan more often. One thing I would like to see though is Jake Roberts even making one appearance with Archer in Japan holding the gold, really bringing Jake back to his prime.
Lance doesn't need a long reign with the gold, but giving him another title reign gives him an opportunity that he's been looking for since he arrived in AEW. The opportunity is him being a champion! Lance has been on a list of former WWE stars never to realize their potential, but AEW gave him his second chance. Having New Japan behind him giving him a chance to hold a prize in the biggest promotion outside of America gives him the stage he's always needed.
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