AEW has been fined $10,000 for sanctioning the Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega Lights Out match from last November’s Full Gear event. According to former WCW announcer Chris Cruise, the consent order was given to AEW by the Maryland Athletic Commission. They fined AEW based on their rules that prohibit wrestlers from “deliberately lacerating oneself or one’s opponent, or, by any other means, introducing human or animal blood into the match.”
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During the match, both Omega and Moxley bled due to a variety of weapons and objects used in the match. The fine was $5,000 per violation. The order noted that “AEW took precautions to reduce the potential injury” to Moxley and Omega, “blood was introduced.” AEW must pay the fine within 30 days.
You can check out Cruise’s post below.
“Look, the easy thing to say in response to the $10,000 fine levied on AEW by the MSAC is that it is pocket change for a billionaire. I get that. But it ain’t nuthin. And it is public, or will be on May 20th when the Commission meets and then posts the consent order on its website, and distributes it to all other commissions throughout the country. And keep in mind that the next violation will result in a revocation of their license in Maryland and possible show stoppage. In the middle of a match. The Commission is on notice now that others are watching its actions. This puts AEW on notice, as well, and it embarrasses the company. By this time tomorrow the story will have spread far and wide. And it will appear in mainstream publications. This is a black eye for AEW and for the business.”