During AEW’s Double or Nothing PPV on May 29th in Las Vegas, CM Punk finally got his hands on the AEW World Championship by defeating ‘Hangman’ Adam Page in what was a majorly anticipated battle that now leads AEW into a new unknown future.
Many are excited that Punk has the title around his waist, but should people be that excited? We think differently and here is our reasoning for him to lose the title as soon as possible. Even by this Wednesday when AEW: Dynamite debuts in Los Angeles for the first time ever.
CM Punk Wins AEW World Championship At Double OR Nothing PPV
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) May 30, 2022
In what was an up and down main event where the fans in attendance couldn’t pick who they wanted to cheer for, Punk finally got the one upon the AEW champion as he nailed Page with his finishing move, the GTS after Page decided not to cheat to win and hit Punk with the title as the ref was knocked out on the side of the ring. Those few seconds of indecision made Punk get the victory and become the new champ.
Wrestling history was instantly created as it has almost been a decade since Punk has been champion since his last reign came as WWE Heavyweight Champion that ended in January of 2013.
It also makes Page’s reign end at an impressive 198 days, having won the title himself from Kenny Omega at Full Gear in November.
But where does this take CM Punk and where does this take AEW in the near and distant future?
AEW Comes To Los Angeles For The First Time In Its 3 Year Existence
After years of waiting, AEW finally is going to make its first appearance in Los Angeles. Their weekly TBS show, AEW: Dynamite will take place from The Forum in Inglewood on Wednesday, June 1, and their Friday night TNT show, AEW: Rampage will take place at the Toyota Center in Ontario, CA, on June 3.
AEW’s president, CEO, general manager, and head of creative, Tony Khan mentioned the importance of AEW coming to LA saying, “It’s so important for AEW to arrive in Los Angeles and to bring ‘Dynamite’ to The Forum, which is an awesome venue. It’s a long time coming for AEW, which is consistently one of the most-watched cable programs in America, to bring our show to LA, which is a top media market and where there are so many great wrestling fans and a great history of pro wrestling.”
The LA shows were meant to already have happened all the way back in 2020, but like most things, many delays occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But now that they are finally in LA later this week, what a way to make a major impact than by having CM Punk lose the world title he just won. Here’s why…
CM Punk & Why He Should Lose The Title As Soon As Possible
CM Punk doesn’t need to be champion, the only benefit of him being champ is to make a new start when he eventually loses but it can be argued that a title is not needed for Punk to achieve that status for anyone in the AEW locker room, because being in the ring with Punk and gaining a victory against him is all the rub that anyone would need. But since he is the champ, the sooner the better to get the title off of him would be the best-case scenario.
But who should get the chance and the big win? Should Page get his rematch and the title back or should they give it to a massive up-and-comer in Wardlow? That would be the safe bet, but here is the time that AEW could pull off a 1-2-3 Kid moment when he upset Razor Ramon in 1993 on Monday Night Raw that showed that anything can happen in the WWE and give it to someone that would benefit most from a humongous victory over Punk in what AEW is calling the biggest Dynamite ever. Some would think a returning Kenny Omega might be a great choice or maybe Owen Hart Tournament winner Adam Cole should be given the chance.
But why not be a little more daring and give it to Jungle Boy or Hook? Now playing hot potato with the title shouldn’t be a common occurrence but it could work wonders in this case because it would be so unexpected and CM Punk would then have more of a reason to win the title back because it is all about the chase and getting revenge isn’t it? It would also drastically lend itself to multiple storylines over the simple storyline of who will CM Punk face off against next. It would lead to a must-see TV aspect of AEW that they could take on for weeks and months to come.
Punk actually talked after his big victory to the media after Double or Nothing mentioning who he would like to fight in the future mentioning, “I think [Kazuchika] Okada, [Hiroshi] Tanahashi, [Will] Ospreay, guys like that I’m looking forward to stepping into the ring with. AEW talent — I always think number one with a bullet is going to be Bryan Danielson. I’ve never wrestled Jon Moxley — I’ve wrestled Dean Ambrose, so that’s an interesting match-up. There are still guys on my list that I’ve never wrestled with, Jungle Boy, and Ricky Starks. I could probably finish out my career wrestling FTR every day for the rest of my life, and it could be different and fun every single time. Will Hobbs is another guy that I think has all the potential in the world. We’ve got a really stacked roster. It’s almost a crime that we can’t do everybody justice at once, but I think we’re getting there with baby steps. I think we’re learning. I think we make mistakes, but instead of dwelling on it and punishing other people or ourselves, I think we move on and try to learn from things. But Bryan Danielson will probably be the first guy that comes to mind. Very selfishly, I’d love to wrestle him.”
All that would be some big moments, but CM Punk has had so many big moments in his career but he could have his biggest moment ever by losing the championship this Wednesday in LA. Will everyone involved have the guts to do it? If done and done correctly, the lead into the upcoming year in AEW could and would be the best yet. As the hours pass and we get closer to Dynamite, it is time to throw the world of professional wrestling upside down and get the title off of CM Punk.
Our fingers are crossed that it will actually happen because it needs to happen.