Update: CM Punk will remain World Champion, but AEW will crown new interim champion.

Original: CM Punk seemed to have sustained an injury during Wednesday night’s Dynamite match. He was in a 6-man tag team match, and he was walking slowly afterward. He appeared on Rampage this week to address the fans about his situation.

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CM Punk entered the ring on Rampage this week to kick off the second half of the show. The Second City Savior had tears in his eyes and took a moment to let the crowd cheer for him before he started his promo.


Punk said that “every bone in my body” wanted to go home to AJ Lee and Larry instead of going through with Rampage this week. He brought up how he promised to give it his all until the wheels fell off. Then he had good news and bad news.

After saying that he has loved every single second he’s been in the ring, Punk was met with loud chants of his own name. Then he gave the bad news: “I’m injured and I need surgery, a couple of things are broken, the biggest thing is my heart.”

The good news is that Punk can still give fans that run he always wanted to. He promised that the wheels are still there, “they haven’t fallen off, it’s just that one of them is broken.”

CM Punk said this is just a bump in the road and it could be worse. That being said, he addressed the AEW World Title around his waist. Punk told Tony Khan that he was prepared to relinquish the title, but Tony told Punk that he believes this is just a bump in the road too.

We’ll have to see how long it takes for CM Punk to return, but “the get back is going to be bigger than the setback.” Punk said he’s “champion for a reason” and he will come back “bigger, faster, stronger, and hungrier than before.” It appears that AEW’s World Champion is injured, he’s keeping the title, and we’ll have to see what’s next.

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