AEW hit us with a pair of CM Punk teases in the middle of Dynamite’s Fight for the Fallen episode last night (July 28) in Charlotte’s Bojangles Coliseum. In case booking a huge Chicago venue for a Friday night “First Dance” event wasn’t clear, Darby Allin showed up to call out people who think they’re the Best In The World.
But those weren’t the only nods to Second City’s favorite wrestling son during the night. In the opener, Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks hit John Silver with a running high knee in the corner, then followed it up with a bulldog. Nick’s used those moves before, sure. But stringing them together was a Punk signature.
Nick Jackson hits a high knee strike in the corner into a bulldog. pic.twitter.com/BCF63nNq2Q— Joshua Gagnon — sounds like “gon-yen” (@HeelDoors) July 29, 2021
Then in the show’s closing moments, the start of MJF’s announcement of Chris Jericho’s Third Labour seemed patterned on one of the most famous promos in wrestling history.
The way AEW is promoting Punk’s arrival without actually announcing it (yet) is pretty slick. And a whole lot of fun.
YouTube videos are being doled out slowly, as is AEW’s model these days. But we’ve compiled what they’ve released as of this morning in this playlist, and tried to catch you up with the rest of the episode via Twitter clips below that.
- The Better Entrance? Hangman & the Dark Order or The Elite?
- Was Lance Archer Able to Make His First IWGP US Title Defense?
- The Painmaker v Nick Gage. Watch the End of the No Rules Match
The tension between #DeathTriangle and @AndradeElIdolo + @mexwarrior keeps building. Will @PENTAELZEROM and @ReyFenixMx be here to back up @BASTARDPAC?— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEWDynamite #FightForTheFallen LIVE! pic.twitter.com/S9WV0Um4Sj
A new challenger has emerged! @njpw1972 ace Hiroshi Tanahashi (@tanahashi1_100) will challenge the winner of tonight’s #IWGP US Title match between @LanceHoyt and @Hiku_Leo.@njpwglobal @njpwworld @njpw1972 pic.twitter.com/VPj1YMgffD— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021
Everyone is gunning for #AEW Women's Champion @RealBrittBaker. Maybe someone else is needed to watch her back?— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEWDynamite #FightForTheFallen LIVE! pic.twitter.com/4dTVk46kgx
CHICAGO! A LIVE #AEWRampage is coming to @UnitedCenter on Friday, Aug. 20: The First Dance! Tickets on sale this Monday (8/2) at https://t.co/UN1cNj1kQq.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEWDynamite #FightForTheFallen LIVE! pic.twitter.com/27mFQsDS9K
It's official: TNT Champion @ToBeMiro defends against @BigShottyLee next week, at #AEWDynamite Homecoming in Jacksonville, FL @dailysplace.— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021
Tune in to @tntdrama NOW to watch #AEWDynamite #FightForTheFallen LIVE! pic.twitter.com/grhGyx57kt
The opponent for @IAmJericho's Labour No. 3 next week is one of his greatest rivals - legendary luchador Juventud Guerrera (@JUVENTUDGUERRE2) - and Jericho has to win with a move from the top rope!#AEWDynamite #AEW pic.twitter.com/Pkbpyf8piG— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) July 29, 2021