At AEW Full Gear, Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega went to war in an unsanctioned bout. The match was highlighted by the usage of a barbed wire spider web, a mousetrap board, glass, and more. AEW announcer Jim Ross called the action alongside Excalibur. And while the match wasn't Ross' usual cup of tea, he still enjoyed the challenge and action.
“It was a different match to call,” said Ross in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “They weren’t working the arm. It didn’t have the standard route that a match takes. Based on the amount of legitimate physical punishment that Moxley and Kenny incurred, it may have gone a little too long—but I haven’t seen two guys work any harder to get something over in years. The passion in that match was a breath of fresh air for our business. This match was a great indication of the in-ring spirit of AEW. We want to be about innovation and delivering a great effort. The match gave us stunts, it gave us wrestling, it gave us drama, it gave us uniqueness. This was about two guys that were given a chance to lay out their own game plan and execute their match, and that’s what they did.”
Ross continued, “I loved that the Mox-Kenny match challenged me as a broadcaster. People kept telling me, ‘JR, this match isn’t for you.’ How do you know that? I wasn’t with ECW; that was Joey Styles’ gig. I never got to call a lot of the hardcore stuff. I don’t find it distasteful, I don’t find it bad. We’re supposed to have something for everybody, and AEW offers a variety of styles and presentations that fans are going to like. This is not a one-dimensional company.”
Moxley picked up the victory over Omega, scoring the pinfall with a Paradigm Shift on the exposed ring boards. You can view highlights from the match by clicking here. And if you missed anything from AEW Full Gear, check out Fightful's post-show podcast for a review of all the action.