Jon Moxley’s first match after leaving WWE was in NJPW where he won the IWGP United States Title from Juice Robinson. This title win was accomplished with a Dirty Deeds, or as it is now called “The Death Rider.” However, NJPW might have staked a claim in Mox’s new finisher.
NJPW and AEW are not working together as of this moment. AEW will only allow a select number of performers (Moxley, Chris Jericho, & Kenny Omega) to work for NJPW if they wish, but nobody else has been given this deal. Therefore, the two companies are not in cooperation with each other.
Moxley is not allowed to appear at the G1 event in Dallas due to his AEW contract. A lot of what is holding them apart is NJPW’s current deal with ROH.
In a very intriguing turn of events according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, NJPW has filed a trademark in the United States for Jon Moxley’s new finisher. Now NJPW is looking to own the trademark for “Death Rider” which they can use for merchandising purposes. This also means that the former Dirty Deeds finisher can’t be marketed by any other company in the United States, including AEW.
It will be very interesting to see if AEW’s announce team ends up calling Moxley’s double underhook DDT something other than Dirty Deeds or Death Rider at Fyter Fest this Saturday in his non-sanctioned match against Joey Janela.