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What we know (and don’t know) about the AEW World title plan in the wake of CM Punk’s injury — UPDATED

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CM Punk’s injury diagnosis is an extremely bad break (apologies for the unfortunate pun) coming just days after Tony Khan officially made the 43 year old the centerpiece of AEW by strapping him with the World title at Double or Nothing.

Understandable then that it caught the promotion off guard — off guard enough that it seemed the plan for what to with the AEW World championship was still being formulated as it was being discussed on the June 3 Rampage.

UPDATE: AEW has issued a press release about what they’re now calling the AEW Interim World Championship Eliminator Series. That’s posted below, and our bullet points have been changed to reflect this new information.

Here’s what we know:

  • CM Punk is not vacating the title.
  • There will be a battle royal to kick off the June 8 edition of Dynamite.
  • The winner of that battle royal will face #1 ranked (as of yesterday) Jon Moxley in next Wednesday’s main event.
  • At New Japan’s Dominion event on Sun., June 12, Punk’s presumed Forbidden Door opponent Hiroshi Tanahashi will wrestle Hirooki Goto.
  • At June 25’s Forbidden Door event in Chicago, the winner of Dynamite’s main event will face the Tanahashi/Goto winner for an interim AEW World title.
  • At some point in the future, Punk will face the interim champion in a unification match.

Which leaves us with the following questions:

  • How many wrestlers will be in the battle royal?
  • Who are they?
  • What qualifies them for entry?
  • Is Hangman Page going to be involved in the battle royal? As pointed out in the comments below, Page vs. New Japan’s David Finlay is still being promoted. Would they do the also suggested storyline where Hangman pulls double and possibly triple duty on Wednesday as he rebounds from losing the title to Punk at Double or Nothing? Unlikely, I think, but gotta rep my guy.
  • When is Punk expected back?

Think that just about covers it. Are we missing anything? What questions do you still have about AEW’s World title plan?

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