On AEW Dynamite, Jon Moxley destroyed CM Punk in a fast-paced squash match to win the Undisputed AEW World Championship.
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Punk hit Moxley with a roundhouse kick early on, but he seemed to re-injure his left foot in the process.
This allowed Moxley to completely control Punk in this match. For the win and the belt, he finished him off with a Paradigm Shift.
CM Punk’s loss was reportedly attributed to his leg injury, as Moxley took advantage of an early ankle injury, but it’s likely that this was a form of punishment from CM Punk, stemming from the drama behind his apparent shoot promo against Hangman’s Adam Page the latter week.
Punk’s quick loss wasn’t even in the main event of AEW Dynamite as it took place at 18:00 P.M. PST.
AEW Dynamite announced one of the biggest main events in AEW history. CM Punk faced interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley for the undisputed AEW World Championship.
Dynamite also announced a possible split between the Jericho Appreciation Society and Dynamite, namely Daniel Garcia leaving the group.
At a newsworthy AEW Dynamite, Thunder Rosa also announced that she was injured, forcing AEW to crown an interim Women’s World Champion at AEW All Out.
Moxley’s loss to Punk came after a while when AEW numbers were softer. year by year. A year after CM Punk’s AEW Rampage debut drew a whopping 1.1 million viewers, Friday’s non-CM punk show of Rampage drew just 461,000 viewers.
As AEW continues to be overshadowed by the Triple H era, Punk vs CM Punk’s controversial promo on Hangman Adam Page to open AEW Dynamite last week likely contributed to the surprisingly quick match.
In his first promo since returning, Punk reiterated an alt-hurt while addressing Page’s comments about saving AEW from CM Punk.
As tensions continue to mount in the AEW dressing room, AEW President Tony Khan reportedly held a backstage talent reunion Wednesday in front of Dynamite in Cleveland, Ohio.