Former AEW World Champion CM Punk is set to face a lengthy recovery process following an injury sustained at All Out vs. Jon Moxley.
So much of what occurred at AEW All Out this past Sunday has been largely overshadowed by CM Punk’s comments on the media scrum and its subsequent developments. On the pay-per-view itself, though, ‘The Best in the World’ became a two-time AEW World Champion, besting Jon Moxley with a Go To Sleep.
He was injured during the match, suffering an undisclosed injury to his arm. Dave Meltzer discussed its severity during the latest Wrestling Observer Radio:
“He may have already undergone surgery, but either way he’s undergoing surgery. It was not confirmed to me it was a torn triceps, but it was confirmed to me that it’s surgery for a torn muscle in the arm, so it’s triceps/biceps, maybe pec, but probably triceps. And that’s usually about an eight-month recovery period. So he was gonna be stripped of the title either way [regardless of the fight].
Punk’s out for eight months, or whatever it’s going to be, six months/eight months, whatever. If he’s not let go. And a lot of people don’t want him back.”
It’s said that the injury was sustained following a dive executed by CM Punk. The injury isn’t what led to the championship being vacated, however, as Tony Khan stripped not only Punk, but also The Elite of the AEW World Trios Championships following the reported backstage incident following All Out.
A Grand Slam Tournament of Champions, featuring a handful of former AEW World and TNT Champions, as well as Bryan Danielson, will crown a new champion on the 21 September Grand Slam Dynamite card. Danielson has already advanced past ‘Hangman’ Adam Page.