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Injured CM Punk steps away from AEW days after winning world championship


CM Punk was forced to step down as AEW world title just a few days after he had just won it.

After Sunday’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view event, Punk claimed on All Elite Wrestling’s “Rampage” that he was injured and would have to relinquish the title he had just won. The Forbidden Door pay-per-view on June 26 will crown an interim champion. Before facing Jon Moxley at Forbidden Door, the victor of next week’s “AEW Dynamite” battle royal will square off against an as-yet-undetermined challenger in the main event.

According to Punk, he needs surgery since he has an injury. Because I enjoy playing in front of so many people, “the largest thing that is broken is my heart because I wanted to go on one hell of a run.”


When Punk, 43, defeated “Hangman” Adam Page at Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, he not only won the championship, but it was his first world title since 2013. AEW and NJPW star Hiroshi Tanahashi were supposed to face off for the AEW championship at “Forbidden Door,” the first joint pay-per-view of the two organisations at Chicago’s United Center. Punk, on the other hand, views his injury as merely a setback from which he will recover. Tony Khan, the head of AEW, did not want Punk to give up the title.

The wheels will fall off if I don’t keep going,” I warned you. No, Punk didn’t say that the wheels had been ripped off. “It just so happened that one of them was broken. Since today, I’ve felt better. That said, I’m here to tell you that I’ve experienced far worse. There’s a hiccup in the road here. It’s painful. It was excruciating. Right now, I’d like to go toe-to-toe with you.

Punk seemed limping during his tag team bout with FTR against Max Caster and the Gunn Club and then when he appeared to confront MJF in a fan’s video after the cameras had stopped recording on Dynamite earlier this week. Punk was said to be suffering with a foot problem, according to Fightful.


After seven years out from the ring, Punk made his AEW debut in August. To provide AEW’s brand the best chance to gain a new audience and enhance its visibility through Punk’s stardom, he was scheduled for his third “Summer of Punk” as champion. Those things won’t be happening any time soon.

I didn’t want to feel bad for any of you, Punk said. The last thing I wanted to do was disappoint you, so I hope I haven’t done that thus far. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time in this ring so far. It’s a gift I never thought I’d be able to receive again to be in this ring in front of you.”

Rampage was scheduled to air at 8:15pm EDT on Friday, and the tweet he sent out at 8:15pm EDT on Friday generated immediate concerns about injury, which turned out to be correct. “I don’t want to be held up by AEW’s vast list of persons who can be champions,” Punk stated. Bryan Danielson and Moxley were addressed. It’s Punk’s promise that he’ll return to the top once more.

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