Report: AEW Being Investigated By Maryland State Athletic Commission

Folllowing the Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley match at Full Gear...

Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley at Full Gear has divided professional wrestling fans. Some considered it to be a hardcore classic the likes of which we haven't seen on TV in a number of years, while others believe it was a matchup including unnecessary levels of violence.

Dave Meltzer wrote in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that All Elite Wrestling is currently being investigated by Maryland State Athletic Commission because of the match. The Commission does prohibit professional wrestlers from deliberating cutting themselves or their opponents. While a Commission-certified doctor was provided for the event, they are still carrying out a full investigation because of the level of violence during the match.

For the avoidance of any doubt, Meltzer wrote: "Former WCW announcer Chris Cruise contacted the Maryland State Athletic Commission regarding the Omega vs. Jon Moxley I Quit match at the Full Gear PPV show on 11/9. He asked about commission rules on blading, and allowing matches to continue if a performer is bleeding either intentionally or unintentionally and if there was a commission doctor at the show. After repeated requests, he was told that the commission prohibits wrestlers from deliberately lacerating themselves or their opponents, or introducing human or animal blood into the match, none of which happened in that match. The commission noted that they were at the match and there was a doctor assigned to the show. The commission also stated they were conducting a formal investigation into the match and thus, since the investigation is ongoing, they can’t comment on questions regarding the match. I’m not sure what the investigation would be on."

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