AEW is in the process of crowning a new interim World Champion due to CM Punk’s recent injury. A report indicates his foot was in bad shape.
CM Punk will be out of action for AEW after injuring his foot, and a recent report indicates the surgery he required cleaned up more issues than originally anticipated. The Best In The World spoke to fans through tears on the June 3 edition of Friday Night Rampage, telling them he was hurt and required surgery. AEW decided to allow him to hang onto his World Championship throughout the procedure and recovery process.
Punk hadn’t even been able to defend his title since winning it from Hangman Adam Page at the Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 29. The company is in the process of crowning an interim champion while he recovers, which will culminate at the AEW X NJPW: Forbidden Door pay-per-view on June 26. Jon Moxley will be AEW’s representative at that show, while Hiroshi Tanahashi will fight for NJPW. Whoever wins that bout will be named interim world champion, and will unify that title with Punk when he’s able to wrestle again.
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The timeline on when, exactly, that could happen is murky at this juncture. Especially with Dave Meltzer reporting in the June 13 edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “(w)hen they did the surgery, they found the injuries to the bones were worse than they expected, but with the surgery, they were able to fix everything up.” Meltzer continued, writing that ”
While it’s scary to hear that Punk’s foot was more injured than initially thought, it’s also good news that surgeons were able to clean everything up. Though the “before the end of the year” timetable is broad, to say the least. Making the call to allow Punk to retain the championship through this process always posed some risks. On an emotional level, it feels like Tony Khan made the right choice. But if Punk isn’t back on television as winter begins to roll around, the interim title will already have been settled in as the company’s most prestigious prize.
It also complicates things because, without even a hazy idea of when Punk returns, AEW will have a difficult time figuring out who should hold the interim title and when; assuming that unification bout will be a massive main-event-on-pay-per-view level deal. For instance, the company could use it to elevate a rising star like Wardlow, but then would be forced into another face-vs-face feud for the unified title once Punk returns. AEW doesn’t want to water down the importance of its main men’s title by hot potatoing it around the locker room either.
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Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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