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Before All Out, All Eyes Are on CM Punk, But Not for the Right Reasons

Well, that was different. Last Wednesday, after a very tense week in All Elite Wrestling, Jon Moxley more or less squashed CM Punk to unify their respective interim and lineal versions of the AEW World Championship. Punk did get an out, that he “wasn’t 100% yet” and re-injured his left…

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In Another Universe, Eddie Kingston Is Wrestling for the Interim AEW Championship Tonight

“I probably wasn’t as clear as I should have been. I offered to relinquish the title and Tony told me that under no circumstances was I allowed to do that. It means a lot to me that this place as a whole believes in me enough to let me just…

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For Good or Ill, Shoot Promos Will Always Have a Place in Wrestling

Pro wrestling is, of course, not like other genres of entertainment, with there being numerous differences, large and small, that dictate what does and doesn’t work within its confines. Since pro wrestling is, within the body of its programming, portrayed as a legitimate sporting event, it’s not quite “real enough”…

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AEW World Champion CM Punk Injured, Requires Surgery

When CM Punk tweeted earlier today that he had “an important announcement in regards to the @aew world championship, and my career,” it was easy to assume the worst. Fightful‘s Sean Ross Sapp tweeted that, on Wednesday, Punk complained that his foot was hurt, and, in an emotional speech on…

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Alright Guys, We Get It, You Love Bret Hart

It started well enough. When CM Punk returned to the ring against Darby Allin at AEW All Out 2021, eagle-eyed fans noticed that the start of the match was exactly the same as the increasingly legendary Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid match that aired on the WWF’s flagship Monday Night Raw…

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CM Punk Will Face Hiroshi Tanahashi at Forbidden Door

Just moments after new AEW Champion CM Punk and ROH Tag Team Champions FTR won their trios match on AEW Dynamite, Punk took the mic and begged for his opponent at Forbidden Door to be revealed. Tony Khan and New Japan Pro Wrestling didn’t hesitate, playing Hiroshi Tanahashi out to…

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How WWE Reacts When Workers Leave the Job

Last Monday night, the wrestling world was blindsided by the news, announced during Monday Night Raw, that Sasha Banks and Naomi, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, had walked out on the show over creative issues. And though the underlying story was big enough, it blew up even bigger because of…

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CM Punk’s “Abortion Rights Are Human Rights” Shirt: A Review

10/10, no notes. Support your local abortion fund.

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CM Punk and Kevin Owens Aren’t Ruled By Their Big Dreams

There’s a story Kevin Owens has told multiple times. In 2005, when first trying to break into ROH as Kevin Steen, Owens got some pushback about wrestling in a t-shirt, something that he has said he just feels more comfortable working in. As Kevin tells it, booker Gabe Sapolsky wasn’t…

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Did THAT MJF Promo Make You Uncomfortable? Good. It Was Supposed To.

On Wednesday night, at the AEW Dynamite and Rampage taping in Bridgeport, Connecticut, MJF did something different. “[I]n their hands, they’re holding rolls of quarters,” he said (transcription h/t CageMatch.net user Rocky7), describing his then-new football teammates he expected to become his new friends while in his tweens. “And all…

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Between the Bells, CM Punk and MJF Got It Right

It’s been a rocky road getting here. I’ve written before about how I didn’t love the much-lauded CM Punk/MJF promo from last year, but what I failed to mention was how effective I found the opening angle to the entire rivalry to be. Punk brushing off MJF felt like the…

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CM Punk and Sting’s Facepaint: A Review

Last night, Sting wrestled in the Greensboro Coliseum, the venue in which his superstardom was launched due to his Clash of the Champions match against “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. AEW has done a good job of treating Sting matches as celebrations of the places that mattered to his career, and…

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78 Degrees of Wrestling: The Major Arcana of AEW (Part III: The Soul of Reason)

XV. The Devil: MJF Another obvious corollary; is there any figure in AEW more contemptible than Maxwell Jacob Friedman? And yet, there are many captivated by his spell. For starters, I must begrudgingly admit he’s a good pro wrestler—so good to the point where there are actually people out there…

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Jimmy Rave’s Legacy Is Forever

It’s a big night for wrestling fans in Piedmont, Alabama. The IWGP Heavyweight Champion is in town. A small crowd has packed themselves into 627 Southern Avenue for the ProSouth Wrestling show. Ringside seats sell for $10 a pop, general seating only $8, a real bargain to see AJ Styles…

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MJF’s Promo on CM Punk Was Mid

I’m disappointed in MJF. Honestly, I feel that way about half the time that I’m watching any MJF promo. It’s clear to see that there’s a spark of talent there that could be great. He has a baseline ability to deliver his lines in a way that’s clear, expressive, and…

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On Eddie Kingston, CM Punk, and Whether People Can Really Change

“You think you’re going to begin your life over and do it right, but what if you never get past the beginning again?” — Pete Campbell, Mad Men (“New Business,” 2015) If you’re the type of person who believes people are incapable of change, you knew it was only a…

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Interview: In Five Days, Daniel Garcia Wrestled Four Dream Matches

This is becoming a regular thing for Daniel Garcia. It seems that every month, he racks up a week full of bookings that make for appointment viewing. The first that comes to mind for me would be SCI weekend in August. Then, Daniel Garcia made it to the finals of…

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Powerhouse Hobbs Reawakens the Legend of CM Punk

In pretty much one fell swoop—in emulating Michael Jordan’s return to the NBA from an Major League Baseball farm team—CM Punk executed the same miraculous feat he did in 2012 when he read WWE the riot act: he made mainstream wrestling cool again. Granted, AEW didn’t need too much help.…

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The Greatest Wrestler of All Time (The First 10)

This is not a list. I cannot stress that enough. I love lists, I like how they reveal the biases and blind spots of the communities that put them together, but this is not a list. Rather, it is a gathering together of wrestlers who I have (or would) called…

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CM Punk’s Longboys: A Review

The last thing I expected from CM Punk’s return to professional wrestling was new gear. Beyond the touch of grey in his beard and the happiness with which he seems to have approached his new environs, everything else about him—the irreverence, the theme music, the way he calls out to…

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