• AEW Officials Thought CM Punk Would Quit After Situation With Hangman Page
On this week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, AEW World Champion CM Punk had a heated war of words with Interim AEW World Champion Jon Moxley, where they brawled as well.
However, before Punk addressed Moxley, he addressed “Hangman” Adam Page, the man he defeated to become champion a few months back.
Punk said he wants to give Hangman a rematch, but he didn’t come out and this led to Punk calling him a coward by saying that’s “coward sh*t” (which was a dig at Page’s “Cowboy Sh*t” catchphrase).
The whole thing with Hangman was also called “less important” by Punk.
This wasn’t planned and Punk went off-script.
According to Fightful Select, Punk taking a shot at Hangman was a “receipt” for a promo that Page cut on him during their feud, where Punk believes Hangman went into business for himself:
“Punk defeated Hangman Page at AEW Double or Nothing earlier this year before being forced away from the ring for several months.
Before that, however, there was word that Punk and Hangman Page didn’t see eye-to-eye on some promo material that emerged on an episode of Dynamite that built their match.
Fightful has been told that it was to the point that CM Punk met with AEW higher ups about the context of Hangman Page’s promo. Voices of Wrestling had noted that they’d heard that Punk had told others after the meeting in May, that he wouldn’t lose to Hangman Page.
The belief among several on the roster we spoke to was that Punk believed Hangman went into business for himself leading into their Double or Nothing match, and that Punk may have seen the August 17 promo as a ‘receipt’.
It’s important to note that was locker room speculation as opposed to Punk telling anyone that directly.
From Punk’s end of things, the Hangman promo had alluded to Punk’s issues with Colt Cabana, and happened during a week where Punk wasn’t at the show, while Punk’s shot at Hangman happened with Hangman present.”
Fightful’s sources also noted that AEW Officials thought Punk would quit the company:
“Punk has often verbally expressed his displeasure, including recently so blatantly that they thought he might end up quitting the company.”
A source close to Punk noted:
“He might have almost decided to stay home instead of coming to Wednesday’s show, but don’t think he would have quit and there’s no indication that he plans on leaving AEW, but one veteran said they have heard of ‘threats being levied’.”
This is the reason why Tony Khan announced Punk’s Dynamite appearance just one hour before the show. Usually, he announces such things well in advance.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (August 19, 1989) – NWA PRO Wrestling
On this day in 1989, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA PRO Wrestling’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘NWA Halloween Havoc 1989’ PPV.
The card can be found below:
Sting vs. Scrub
Scott Hall vs. Terry Funk
Jimmy Garvin/Michael Hayes vs. Bob Emory/Mike Justice
The Midnight Express vs. Ron Simmons/Trent Knight
Mike Rotunda vs. Dr. Death Steve Williams