The CM Punk vs Jon Moxley situation has all eyes on AEW


To say that Jon Moxley and CM Punk were at each other’s throats on the latest episode of AEW Dynamite would be an understatement. The current and interim AEW World Champions nearly tore into each other, with both men having to be held back by security. Shocking news broke when it was revealed that the unification bout expected to happen at All Out was now scheduled for next week’s edition of Dynamite, leading many onlookers puzzled as to what the exact situation is or the upcoming outcome.

With just about three weeks left before the big PPV showcase, there are several ways this situation could go. One of the many things that AEW has excelled at in its brief history is the ability to heat up storylines rather quickly. A strong promo or a video package goes a long way in getting fans excited about a match and viewers can expect to see something along those lines to push whatever story the company decides to go with.

There was a lot of immediate speculation that “Hangman” Adam Page will be added back into the equation. Since losing the title to Punk at Double or Nothing back in May, Page has remained in a holding pattern. It wasn’t a situation where there wasn’t creative for the cowboy, instead, it seemed like he was heading into an angle with The Young Bucks to reform the Elite. With Kenny Omega back into the fold, that situation can still happen, but The Elite’s storyline is one that will unfold over months and not rushed in a matter of weeks.

If Page is added back into the title picture, there’s speculation that this is due to Punk not being fully cleared from his foot injury. If that is the case, setting the stage for someone to take the title off Punk allows the promotion to move forward while he is out for an extended period. It’s an unfortunate situation, but one that helps take some of the spotlights off Punk while he heals, allowing for the division to move on and eventually come back to him.

Does that mean Moxley will beat Punk next week, leading to Page versus Moxley at All Out? Or what about a situation where all three men are involved in a match at the PPV? Both are angles that could come to fruition starting with the title match on August 24.

There’s also a rumble around a returning MJF to challenge Punk at All Out. While that would be a massive surprise, it feels too rushed to bring MJF back to television after months without some type of explanation. There are so many questions about his absence from television that pushing him directly into the title picture would almost undercut the potential story to be told with a disgruntled MJF.

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Regardless of the outcome, AEW has certainly grabbed the eyeballs of everyone interested in professional wrestling. Something big is going to happen starting with next week’s episode of AEW Dynamite and the future of the World Championship hangs in the balance.