CM Punk’s drama with AEW is still going, and that’s not likely to change any time soon. Although he was expected to be a part of Collision, a disagreement left AEW to figure out someone to put over CM Punk on the poster for the show, and it seems the rest of the roster was chosen for Punk as well.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned that several stars were chosen because of their positive relationship with intended star CM Punk. Despite rumors, Punk’s announcement as part of the show did not materialize.
Dave Meltzer indicated that Punk was indeed planned to be featured in the Warner Bros Discovery upfronts, but unforeseen circumstances interfered. Those circumstances involved AEW’s unwillingness to let Ace Steel return to work, but they were willing to re-hire him.
Powerhouse Hobbs is marked as a potential star of the show. Hobbs and FTR were also picked due to their close relationship with Punk. Samoa Joe was also on the lineup and was intended to be Punk’s first rival upon his return.
Dave Meltzer highlighted that the Collision show was designed to be primarily focused on CM Punk, and it’s possible that Punk also suggested Andrade’s inclusion. It was reported that all individuals who had ongoing conflicts or issues with others were considered for the show.
It was noted that both Andrade El Idolo and Thunder Rosa are currently unavailable due to injuries. Rosa is still dealing with a severe back issue, and Andrade underwent surgery to fix a torn pectoral muscle sustained during the All Out event in September. Andrade was also surprised to see himself on the advertisement for AEW Collision.
We will have to see how things pan out for AEW Collision, but CM Punk’s situation certainly threw a wrench in their plans.
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