- Moxley was defending his International Championship during AEW Dynamite
- He was seemingly hurt when taking a Fenix Driver finisher from his opponent
- The match ended promptly after a second move but Moxley exited unassisted
AEW star Jon Moxley appeared fortunate to avoid a broken neck during his match on on Dynamite on Wednesday.
Moxley was the AEW International champion and had been defending his title on a weekly basis ever since winning it against Orange Cassidy at All out just over a fortnight ago.
Wednesday’s show was no different as he stepped into the ring against Rey Fenix, though he almost didn’t leave the same way when a spot appeared inches away from going wrong.
Fenix won the match to take the title from his former rival, pinning him with two Fenix Drivers – the Lucha star’s finishing move.
But there was concern for Moxley when he appeared to land on his head during the first of the two finishers, with the match ending soon after with even the commentators worried for his health.
AEW star Jon Moxley appeared fortunate to avoid a broken neck during his match on AEW Dynamite on Wednesday
Moxley, one of AEW’s top stars, defended his International Championship against Rey Fenix
In live footage it appeared Moxley wasn’t fully rotated while being held upside down by Fenix.
Usually in the move. the opponent is on Fenix’s shoulder and will rotate so the top of the back hits the matt when they are driven down, giving the illusion that they are being driven into the floor but the move actually being safe.
Though viewers couldn’t see Moxley’s head hit the ring base in the live footage, the reaction of the commentators and the sudden stop when he appeared to come into contact with the mat caused concern.
Moxley appeared unable to kick out of the first finisher and didn’t the second, though it’s unclear if that was the planned finish for the match.
The commentary team did inform viewers that Moxley was able to walk out of the arena unassisted following the match, but nervous fans await an update on his condition.
Moxley appeared to under rotate when taking Fenix’s Fenis Driver finishing move towards the end of the match
Wrestlers have broken their necks in the ring before, including former WWE champion Big E
Neck injuries are of serious concern in wrestling and it sometimes takes the smallest of errors for things to go horribly wrong.
Former WWE champion Big E has been out of action for over a year after breaking his neck live on television, caused when he wasn’t rotated fully when taking an overhead suplex from Ridge Holland on an episode of SmackDown.
The likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Edge also broke their necks during their career, highlighting the risks wrestlers endure to perform their craft.
Moxley, meanwhile, is set to appear on next week’s episode of Dynamite but his status is unclear as fans eagerly await an update on his condition.