CM Punk began AEW Dynamite this week with a promo ripping on “Hangman” Adam Page while some people in the company felt like maybe he wouldn’t show up at all.
While he stood in the ring on Dynamite, the AEW World Champion CM Punk went on a rant about “Hangman” Adam Page, who Punk beat for the AEW World Title at Double or Nothing in May. Punk wanted Hangman to go out to the ring for a rematch at that point. There was no sign of Hangman because he wasn’t supposed to be part of the segment. After the fans chanted “cowboy s**t” in support of Hangman, Punk said it was “coward s**t.”
The comments that Punk made towards Hangman were unplanned and considered a “shoot” meaning they were his thoughts on the former champion.
In an update on the situation, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select has reported that Punk’s comments toward Hangman were considered a “receipt” meaning payback for something that Page had said in the past.
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The report went on to note that Punk and Hangman don’t like eachother to the point that Punk complained about one of Page’s promos in the past. Apparently Punk even told some people that he refused to lose to Page.
Punk has apparently “verbally expressed his displeasure” with AEW in the past as well. There are some people within the company who believe that Punk may even quit working for AEW while others have refuted that claim. Colt Cabana’s name was mentioned as well since he is considered part of Ring of Honor now instead of AEW due to the fact that his past friendship with Punk has ended.
Following Punk’s tirade towards Hangman, who didn’t appear on Dynamite this week, Punk did what he was supposed to by calling out Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, which led to a verbal exchange and two different brawls between the two men.
Next week’s edition of AEW Dynamite in Cleveland will feature a major match as the AEW World Champion CM Punk will wrestle for the first time since his foot injury in May and he’ll face the Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. It was originally announced as the main event of AEW All Out, but it will take place on Dynamite next week instead.