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While he and Jon Moxley may no longer be running the roads alongside one another, Seth Rollins has revealed how he still does his best to keep up with his former Shield buddy.

During a recent interview with BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani (via SEScoops), the Visionary detailed how he still tries to check in with Mox when he can.

“I don’t talk to him as much, obviously. We have opposite schedules and different stuff, but our baby girls are close to the same age. And he’s not much of a texter, like he’s an in-person cat. He’s not much of a texter or a phone guy, he’s an in-person dude. So, if there’s ever a chance, when we were in Cincinnati last time I was there I popped in the house to say ‘Hi’ and all that, checked in on him. I do that periodically just to see how he’s doing and stuff, but I’m close with Renee [Paquette], so we are always exchanging baby pictures and what is new with the kids.”

On how Moxley is doing in AEW, Rollins had nothing but praise for the current AEW World Champion.

“Yeah, never any animosity. He’s great, he’s at the top of his game doing his thing over in AEW. So, nothing but the best. I’ve never, between the three of us [Rollins, Moxley, Roman Reigns], and I can’t speak for any of them, but they were closer than I was with either of those guys as friends off camera. So I assume that they are still chill. I’ve never heard anything to the contrary, but yeah, I’ve always had a great relationship with those guys.”

It’s fast approaching ten years since the Shield made their explosive WWE debut, with the trio arriving to assist CM Punk in retaining the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 2012.

In the years since, all three of the Shield have gone on to hold the biggest prizes in WWE, and obviously Dean Ambrose has reinvented himself in AEW under his old Jon Moxley moniker since departing the market leader in April 2019.

Prior to letting his WWE deal expire, Mox had become hugely frustrated with the direction his character was taking – with those final months seeing Ambrose become a heel who complained about fans’ body odour, before one final, ham-fisted Shield reunion was put together once it became clear the Lunatic Fringe was exiting the company.

Jon Moxley Is the new AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

The two-time titleholder made it three thanks to victory over Bryan Danielson in the final of the Grand Slam Tournament Of Champions. The match was the main event of the second annual Grand Slam edition of Dynamite from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York.

The all-Blackpool Combat Club headline attraction passed without involvement of looming contender MJF, who was shown constantly throughout the contest holding onto the giant poker chip that entitles him to a match for the belt any time he wishes. Moxley submitted Bryan in 19:15, getting on top of him with a chokehold having drilled him with a Paradigm Shift on the ramp seconds earlier.

The two embraced after the show went off the air, with Bryan ceremonially wrapping the belt around Moxley’s waist in post-match scenes.

Moxley became the first ever three-time Champion in AEW history, having previously defeated Chris Jericho in 2020 and CM Punk last month for the strap. He was also entrusted with holding the gold on an interim basis this summer following Punk’s first injury-related absence. His first contender of this reign will be decided by a battle royal set to take place on this Friday’s Grand Slam edition of Rampage.

CM Punk is a two-time AEW World Heavyweight Champion.

‘The Voice Of The Voiceless’ defeated Jon Moxley in a bloody main event of the All Out pay-per-view to reclaim what he’d only lost eleven days earlier and never been able to defend following a first win over former Champion Hangman Page.

Punk hit two Go To Sleeps on Moxley at the climax of a brutal 20 minute war. He joins the former Champion as the only person in the company to be the officially recognised Champion twice, and has reclaimed it one year on from his historic return match against Darby Allin at All Out 2021. Moxley had busted the challenger open early and zeroed in on the cut, but Punk survived every onslaught to nail his finisher twice in a conclusion well received by the partisan Chicago crowd.

His celebrations were cut short by the returning Maxwell Jacob Friedman, who gestured that he intended to take the title following his own victory as The Joker in the evening’s opening Casino Ladder Match. A date wasn’t confirmed for the two as the show went off the air but the upcoming Grand Slam event will be the heavily favoured destination.

Jon Moxley sensationally squashed CM Punk in last night’s AEW World Championship unification match, putting his opponent away within a matter of minutes in a hotly-anticipated match that could realistically have headlined the upcoming All Out pay-per-view.

Few could have predicted what looked like a surefire Match of the Year candidate going down this way. A brisker-than-usual opening sequence played out before Punk blasted Moxley with a high kick. Immediately, the AEW World Champion fell to the floor, selling his surgically-repaired foot, which allowed Mox to shock and awe.

Smelling blood in the water, Punk’s interim counterpart seized the opportunity, hitting a King Kong lariat, the hammer and anvil elbows, and a Death Rider. Wrenching the hurting foot with an immense sense of urgency, Mox inflicted untold levels of kayfabe damage before getting up, landing another Death Rider, and scoring a pinfall.

Jon Moxley is now the undisputed AEW World Champion. The whole affair took less than four minutes.

AEW’s announce team sold the idea that Punk had come back to the company too quickly after suffering the broken foot that triggered Tony Khan to announce an interim World Championship in the first place. Clearly, his injured foot is the story in play – and the kayfabe reason for Moxley’s sudden squash of him.

The All Out 2022 main event remains a mystery, however.

The Shield is one of the most iconic factions in modern wrestling history. The group helped to create three genuine leading event players: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Jon Moxley (f.k.a Dean Ambrose), but will fans ever see The Hounds Of Justice back together?

The trio burst onto the scene back in 2012 at WWE Survivor Series by attacking Ryback and John Cena to help C.M. Punk retain the WWE Title, and they then went on to dominate the company. They had several runs together as a unit, but for those hoping to see them back together one more time, Rollins had bad news when he spoke to “Digital Spy.”

“I can say that, and maybe this might come back to bite me at some point, but I just don’t think you’re ever going to see the three of us team up again,” Rollins said. “It wouldn’t look the way you want it to look. It wouldn’t be like the old days in The Shield; it would be a different animal. I think we’re all just too big stars with too big personalities at this point.”

The Shield’s final match took place in 2019 as they defeated Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley at WWE’s The Shield’s Final Chapter event, but even by the time that match took place, the three men had all proven themselves as solo acts.

“We needed each other back then, and now none of us need the other one,” he continued. “We’re at a point where we’re all standalone stars on a different level. So to have to minimize that to fit into each other’s molds, I don’t see it ever happening again. It would look a lot different than the next time you see us together.”

While Rollins does not believe that fans will ever see the three team up again for a match, he does see one particular instance where they would stand side by side. “The next time you see us together, it’s going to be when we’re inducted into the Hall of Fame,” he said. “That’s going to be it.”

WWE has inducted entire factions in the past, proving that it could be possible for The Shield one day, as D-Generation X, the Four Horsemen, and others have all earned Hall Of Fame rings for their work as a group.

Right now, all three men remain at the top of the industry, with Rollins gearing up to face Riddle in singles action at WWE SummerSlam. Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion and will be putting both titles on the line against Brock Lesnar at the upcoming premium live event in a last man standing match. While Moxley is no longer working for WWE, he is still doing well as the interim AEW World Champion, which he won at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.

2022 has been the year of the Blackpool Combat Club, from the group’s violent beginnings at AEW Revolution complete with the arrival of William Regal to Wheeler Yuta’s bloody initiation to Anarchy in the Arena at AEW Double or Nothing. The group has also been strengthened due to the arrival of Claudio Castagnoli, and Jon Moxley defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi for the AEW Interim World Championship at AEWxNJPW: Forbidden Door.

Even more interesting than the BCC’s success though? Their formation, at least as told by Moxley when he appeared on “The Sessions with Renee Paquette”, hosted by Mox’s wife.

“There was not some big plan or anything,” Moxley said. “It was — I was going to wrestle Bryan because (before) I was going to wrestle Bryan, and then I went to rehab. So we needed a reason to wrestle. Bryan said something about, ‘Maybe I can float the idea of us doing a team to you. But you know that I’m a bad guy and you don’t trust me.’ I had done something similar with Jericho where he wanted me to join the Inner Circle … We go do a promo in the ring. I don’t know what Bryan’s going to say, he doesn’t know what I’m going to say.

“Bryan suggests to me, in the ring on TV, that we should be a team, and he talks about how we could take young guys and mold them and, ‘You don’t have anybody watching you’re back. We can dominate this place.’ All this stuff that he said in the promo, and I was listening to it for the first time in the ring and he made such a compelling case. And the audience, you could tell the audience was going, ‘Huh, you know, that actually kind of makes sense.’ It wasn’t like Jericho and the Inner Circle where they were total bad guy characters like, joining them would be turning to the dark side. Bryan was making a really good case. The people were actually reacting strongly to the idea, like, ‘I think he’s got a point.’”

After thinking about it some more, Moxley concluded that the idea had merit. And he wasn’t alone in thinking it.

“I texted Bryan and I was like, ‘Man, I’m not going to lie to you. I was thinking, what if we did do that?’” Moxley said. “He was like, ‘I was thinking the same thing!’ I can’t in real life or as a character think of a good reason to say no. One of us or both of us talked to Tony … He didn’t see the whole vision at first, he was like, ‘Yeah, you can do it for a few weeks, and then break up or whatever.’ Me and Bryan saw the vision, I could tell we both saw the exact same thing.”

Moxley later explained how Regal got involved with the group.

“Regal had just got fired,” Moxley said. “I hadn’t talked to him in a while, I don’t know if he’s actually available. I don’t know if he even wants to work, I don’t know what his contractual status is or if he’d even be interested. I’m just fantasy booking, but Regal’s got this relationship with me, he’s got this relationship with Bryan, and we’re doing this story right now, and I kind of had the vision of him coming in and breaking up the ruckus (at Revolution).

“So I kind of threw that out there. And Bryan said, ‘Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. He is interested and Tony already talked to him. He’s available.’ So everybody was already thinking the same thing, they had already talked to him and were like, ‘Yeah, he was going to be at the PPV.’ Perfect.”

While the pairing of Danielson, Moxley, and Regal came together very naturally, Moxley revealed that other circumstances led Wheeler Yuta to the BCC.

“The thing with Wheeler was an accident,” Moxley said. “… I’m supposed to wrestle Brian Kendrick. An hour before the show, that match is not happening. ‘What are we going to do? We’re opening the show, the show starts in an hour.’ Tony’s like, ‘Wheeler!’ I’m like, ‘Perfect — Wheeler.’ We go and have a little match. That was either before or after Bryan did the promo, and he’s one of the guys, I think Bryan mentioned by name. It just very naturally happened, and before you know it, he’s in the group. But the people so truly and naturally got behind him and bought into the story, and it was like, ‘Here we go. Now, it’s a thing.’”

Bryan Danielson of the Blackpool Combat Club has received a lot of praise for his in-ring work over the course of his his 20+ year career, but during the post-show media scrum following AEW X NJPW’s Forbidden Door Pay-Per-View, current AEW Interim World Champion Jon Moxley had a particularly strong compliment for his BCC stablemate.

“In my book, Bryan Danielson is the greatest professional,” Moxley said. “People say like, ‘[Hiroshi] Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever, Jericho is the GOAT,’ you know, just for my money, my opinion, the greatest professional wrestler to ever live, to ever do it in the ring, is Bryan Danielson.”

Danielson has been in professional wrestling now for over two decades, winning a multitude of titles throughout his career such as the ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Championship, the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Danielson also had the prestigious distinction of being part of the first Hall of Fame Class for ROH alongside CM Punk, Samoa Joe, the Briscoes, and former ROH owner, Cary Silkin.

“In my book, Bryan Danielson is the greatest professional,” Moxley said. “People say like, ‘[Hiroshi] Tanahashi is one of the greatest ever, Jericho is the GOAT,’ you know, just for my money, my opinion, the greatest professional wrestler to ever live, to ever do it in the ring, is Bryan Danielson.”

Danielson has been in professional wrestling now for over two decades, winning a multitude of titles throughout his career such as the ROH Pure Championship, ROH World Championship, the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship, and the WWE Tag Team Championships. Danielson also had the prestigious distinction of being part of the first Hall of Fame Class for ROH alongside CM Punk, Samoa Joe, the Briscoes, and former ROH owner, Cary Silkin.

The Blackpool Combat Club now consists of Danielson, Moxley, Castagnoli, and Wheeler Yuta. The group is led by former Intercontinental Champion and former NXT General Manager William Regal.

Jon Moxley is an AEW World Champion once more.

The Blackpool Combat Club man took AEW’s interim belt at Sunday’s Forbidden Door pay-per-view, defeating NJPW legend Hiroshi Tanahashi in their long-awaited match. A tough, claret-soaked affair was defined as much by Mox’s ruthlessness as Tanahashi’s endearing babyface brilliance, both of which conspired to turn the crowd against Jon for extended periods, though a post-match settling of differences (interrupted by the Jericho Appreciation Society) put the wrestlers back on the same page.

Moxley took the win via Paradigm Shift, pinning New Japan Pro Wrestling’s celebrated Ace. This came after multiple submission teases emanating from Moxley’s the Bulldog Choke.

The Interim AEW World Championship was created in the wake of CM Punk’s announcement that injury would force him to take time away from the company after defeating ‘Hangman’ Adam Page for the true world title in May. Punk’s return date remains unknown, with Moxley set to anchor the main event scene in his absence.

In victory, Moxley became an AEW World Champion for the first time since December 2020, when Kenny Omega ended his acclaimed 277-day run on top at Winter Is Coming.

Wheeler Yuta has revealed that he couldn’t see a thing for most of his celebrated match vs. Jon Moxley on the 8 April episode of AEW Rampage.

The match was Yuta’s onscreen tryout for William Regal’s Blackpool Combat Club, and it ended up being one of the best bouts fans have ever seen on AEW’s third hour. Wheeler told Wrestling Inc that this is a minor miracle, because blood pouring into his eyes meant he was literally running blind for a fair chunk of the match.

“Wrestling that match was really hard”, he said.

Somehow, Yuta and Mox combined to work a pulsating 12-minute bout that had fans in Boston on their feet. The main event elevated Wheeler to that next level, and made him feel like a great fit for the Combat Club – he’ll look back on it fondly, but probably doesn’t remember what most of it looked like.

Pro wrestling is insane sometimes. Imagine being able to put together a match that good without being able to properly see. Yuta (and Moxley) deserve a ton of credit for pulling that out of the bag.

AEW’s Wheeler Yuta recently spoke with Wrestling Inc. Managing Editor Nick Hausman on The Wrestling Inc. Daily about getting to work against Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley, and William Regal as part of the Blackpool Combat Club. He competed in singles matches against Danielson and Moxley to join the group and admitted that it was his biggest test to date.

“Yeah, both of those matches in consecutive weeks were the biggest test of my career, right? Being in there with Bryan Danielson, who for my money is the best wrestler of all time,” he said. “And the fire that he was trying to get out of me. I could tell that he was hitting me harder, trying to see if I had that fight within me.

“I think I found it, or at least I thought I had found it until the next week when Moxley pushes me even further, and further, and harder and harder. There’s definitely a different atmosphere when you’re in the ring with those guys that you don’t get just on a normal match. There’s something there that elevates you, and you either have to match that, or you’re just going to be left behind. That’s what those matches felt like to me.”

Wheeler Yuta is now a member of the Blackpool Combat Club alongside both former WWE stars and while it was something that came to be naturally, he did have other ideas in his head.

“It all just kind of started happening around me before I ever really found out much of anything,” he said. “Like even the Danielson match I found out on the day of, the Moxley match I found out on the day of. I had a lot of ideas in the back of my head like, ‘what if this happens?’ But I was never explicitly told, ‘alright, this is what’s happening.’

“I had things in the back of my head, that I was getting ready like, ‘well if this happens, how would I approach a match with Danielson, or how would I approach a match with Moxley again?’ But, there is never anything definitive until right before it happens. I had things in the back of my mind, but I was never 100 percent sure.”

This journey began for Wheeler Yuta when William Regal slapped him in the face. Yuta would go on to face grueling punishment to further be initiated into the faction. Hausman asked the young AEW star if he was confident Regal would shake his hand and welcome him into the BCC following his brutal match against Moxley.

“I think it really depended on my performance, I really do think it did,” he said. “Everything obviously worked out, and I think I did as well as I could in that match. I think it was the best match I’ve had. But that was one where I was like, ‘I really hope, legitimately really hoped, that I could make these guys trust me, and that they’re proud of me, and that they think that I can do this moving forward.’ I think I pulled that off.”

For Wheeler Yuta, he is now trying to work on his promo skills, something Bryan Danielson said he needed to refine throughout his career much like Yuta will.

“It’s absolutely a part of my game that I have been working on, and been trying to improve, and they’ve been very helpful with a lot of that. It’s really cool to be able to stand there and do interviews with them,” he said. “On Dynamite, we did one before the match with The Gunn Club that aired that week on Rampage, and just being able to kind of discuss with them how they approach just doing interviews was mind-blowing to me.

“They’ll stand in front of mirrors and work on gestures, and things like that. Things that I never thought of, there’s drills for that, just like there’s drills for being in the ring. Being able to stand by them and learn from example watching them, and also having my little moments where I can interject my own verbiage, or my own personality has been really helpful.”