The WWE legend – who won the AEW World Title from ‘Hangman’ Adam Page in Double or Nothing on May 29 – will need surgery and the company will be crowned an interim champion while he recovers from his broken leg.
During Friday’s episode of Rampage, Punk admitted that while he felt he should go home without being on screen, he was determined to keep his word and give his all for fans.
He confirmed that he was hurt and insisted that it was just a bump in the road, promising that he would return.
In a confused chain of events, Punk explained that he offered to skip the World Championship but was refused by boss Tony Khan.
On commentary Chris Jericho said twice that he was giving up gold, only for Excalibur to clarify later that it was not.
Instead, Wednesday night’s episode of AEW Dynamite will feature a battle royal, with the winner facing Jon Moxley that same night, and the winner of that match competing at AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door.
The winner in that clash will be named interim AEW World Champion, and when he is ready to return, Punk will face off to be crowned the true winner.
He expressed concern by tweeting ahead of the show: ‘I will be on #AEWRampage tonight and make an important announcement regarding the @aew World Championship and my career.’
Elsewhere, the rampage began with a blistering match between the Young Bucks and the Lucha Brothers, as the two teams added an instant classic to their already impressive history.
Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks made quick work of two local enhancement talents, while Athena made her AEW debut in a competitive match against Keira Hogan.
Following Punk’s announcement, Scorpio Sky successfully defended the TNT Championship with a win over Dante Martin in the main event.
AEW Dynamite airs Wednesdays at 1 p.m. on Fit TV.
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