AEW has some big plans to excite fans as they get back on the road and start the daunting task of filling up arenas once again. Bigger names like Andrade El Idolo and Malakai Black will certainly help. If they can get Daniel Bryan and CM Punk then that will be a tremendous boost. Now we are waiting to see what the company has planned next.
It story got out yesterday that Daniel Bryan has signed with All Elite Wrestling. His reason for picking AEW over WWE was based on a relationship with NJPW.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that AEW had four big names in the pipeline. It was apparent that Malakai Black and Bryan Danielson were on the company’s radar, but CM Punk and Andrade El Idolo are also big names. In the end, CM Punk coming into AEW would be a giant name when there aren’t too many giant names out there in the free agent pool.
“In May, I was told that there four signings, two somewhat big and two huge. None of them were signed, but there was confidence that they would be signed. I knew two of them were Aleister Black and [Bryan] Danielson. I knew they were two that were being talked to that AEW really wanted. The other two were Punk and Andrade. I was pretty sure it was Punk, his name had been floated around and fit the category. As far as guys who fit the category who are also available and as far as giant names, there aren’t a lot who are free agents, I mean, who is there who is going to wrestler — these are going to be wrestlers, and I mean, it’s like CM Punk, Dave Bautista, Brock Lesnar. I knew it wasn’t going to be Dave Bautista, because he’s in Hollywood.”
Brock Lesnar is also a free agent, but he’s not signing with AEW. “There’s no way that Lesnar made any sense,” because his asking price is far too much for anyone except for Vince McMahon.
It is unknown if CM Punk has signed a new deal with AEW, but it’s always possible. September 5th’s All Out event in Chicago could see a huge debut for Tony Khan’s company with the Second City Savior showing up in his hometown.
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Transcription by Ringside News