A few hours ago, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) issued an official press release confirming the signing of Lance Archer by the company. Archer, who has gone through companies like WWE, IMPACT Wrestling or more recently NJPW, will debut next week at the weekly show, AEW Dynamite.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) February 26, 2020
According to the official press release issued by the company, Archer has signed a multi-year agreement with AEW, being its first official appearance next week at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. At the moment it has not been confirmed what kind of role it will have in the program, but it is expected to be part of the action in some combat.
However, it is not ruled out that it is part of any segment since its signing by AEW was made public today, the company has been testing the possibility that “The Murderhawk Monster” is the identity behind “The Exalted One”, the leader of the Dark Order.
Rumors had long linked Archer with AEW. At the end of January, the Sports Illustrated news portal revealed that the Khan family company would have shown interest in the then NJPW superstar and that the negotiations were quite advanced, although they should wait for Archer’s contract with the Japanese company to end. The wrestler’s last appearances in Japan occurred during The New Beginning USA tour that took place between January 24 and February 1.
Lance Archer was one of the great revelations of 2019. At 42, “The Murderhawk Monster” revived his individual career after his match against Will Ospreay in the second round of the New Japan Cup. Archer himself says that not having been for that fight, doubt that they would have included him in the G1 Climax. Precisely, it was in the great summer tournament of NJPW where the fighter continued with his good performances.
Finally, in October 2019 he was rewarded for his effort with the IWGP Heavyweight Championship of the United States. Jon Moxley left the vacant title after not being able to appear in the King of Pro Wrestling event due to delays with his flight.
Archer replaced the challenger to the AEW Championship in the match that was going to face Juice Robinson and left the Ryogoku Kokugikan with gold under his arm. Archer enjoyed an 82-day reign until he lost it in favor of Moxley on the first day of Wrestle Kingdom 14.