New York City, NY – September 21, 2023
AEW’s Grand Slam event in New York City delivered a thrilling two hours of professional wrestling, but it was marred by two notable injuries to key stars, raising concern within the wrestling community. Here’s what we know in the aftermath of the show.
During the International title match between Jon Moxley and Rey Fenix, a concerning incident took place. While Jon Moxley left the ring area on his own, it didn’t alleviate all fears. The match ended abruptly after Fenix executed his Black Fire Driver, a variation of the sit-out Michinoku Driver, spiking Moxley’s head into the mat. Referee Rick Knox did not count to three despite Moxley not getting his shoulder up or moving much. After some deliberation, the pinfall was counted, and Rey Fenix won the championship.
According to reports, Moxley was examined by doctors for an extended period before he sat up and left under his own power. The backstage belief was that Moxley may have suffered a concussion, although this remains unconfirmed. Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez noted that Moxley was hurt but seemed to be okay.
Notably, reports suggest that Fenix’s title victory was not the originally planned outcome, with sources indicating that the initial plan was for Moxley to retain the championship.
Another injury concern arose with Adam Cole towards the end of the main event. Cole, while cheering on his friend and tag partner MJF, leaped off the side of the stage but stumbled upon landing. He continued to wrestle with a noticeable limp for the remainder of the match. Reports from Sean Ross Sapp and Bryan Alvarez suggest that Cole was subsequently taken to the hospital. An update later indicated that Cole was out of the hospital and using crutches.
The situation remains fluid, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Wrestling fans across the globe are undoubtedly hoping for a swift recovery for both Jon Moxley and Adam Cole.
For the latest updates on this developing story, stay tuned.