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Maryland State Athletic Commission Fines AEW $10,000 Following ‘Unsanctioned’ Match

All Elite Wrestling fined for not obeying rules in State Of Maryland

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All Elite Wrestling has been fined $10,000 by the Maryland State Athletic Commission after an investigation into the “Lights Out” match between Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley at the Full Gear pay-per-view last November.

The State Of Maryland has rules and regulations when it comes to pro-wrestling matches, including intentionally lacerating an opponent.

Former WCW announcer Chris Cruise sent the MSAC a complaint following the event, demanding the commission look into the match.

Officials from the commission were at The Royal Farms Arena the night of the event, and had a doctor assigned to the show.

The commission responded, acknowledging they were present, and planned on conducting a formal investigation.

Legal documents reveal that All Elite Wrestling was fined $10,000 for not obeying state regulations, and have 30-days to pay the fine.

The Commission acknowledges that while AEW took precautions to reduce the potential for injury to both Mr. Good and Mr. Smith by using materials, in certain instances, to simulate injury and merely give the appearance of bleeding, blood was introduced into the ring in other instances during this professional wrestling match through the deliberate and repeated actions of the two referenced wrestlers as scripted by AEW.

In the future, All Elite Wrestling could lose the ability to perform matches in the State Of Maryland if future violations occur.

Chris Cruise took to Facebook following the ruling.

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…

Posted by Christopher Cruise on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The following acts are prohibited in the State Of Maryland

F. Prohibited Activities.

(1) The following actions are prohibited:

(a) Striking an opponent with a fist or using the knuckles;

(b) Scratching or gouging the opponent;

(c) Butting the opponent;

(d) Slamming an opponent into a ring post;

(e) Striking an opponent with a foreign object;

(f) Kicking an opponent unless a recognized wrestling move;

(g) Stranglehold;

(h) Pulling hair;

(i) Inhibiting breathing by covering the nose and mouth at the same time;

(j) Jumping from the ring ropes onto an opponent;

(k) Deliberately leaving the ring enclosure during a contest;

(l) Unsportsmanlike or physically dangerous conduct; and

(m) Deliberately lacerating oneself or one’s opponent, or, by any other means, introducing human or animal blood into the ring

Documents outlining the ruling can be seen below.