CM Punk has a lot of eyes on him now that he’s back with AEW, but it seems that one big match in his future is not going to happen. Fans really wanted to see Punk vs KENTA, but that Battle of the GTS moves is now off.

According to Sean Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, CM Punk’s match against KENTA is not happening. It was previously pencilled in for the Forbidden Door event on June 25th.

KENTA and CM Punk are no longer facing each other at NJPW Forbidden Door, at least as this past weekend. 

Fightful Select has learned that KENTA expressed to NJPW and AEW that he isn’t facing CM Punk at the Forbidden Door show, as word started to make way around Collision this past week. As of the first episode of Collision, AEW was considering who CM Punk should face at Forbidden Door, or if he’ll even be wrestling on the show.


It was also noted that, “NJPW sources had confirmed to Fightful that KENTA and CM Punk had been planned for the event, but as of this weekend, it wasn’t happening. We weren’t given a reason as to why, but were told that by the time KENTA had tweeted ‘Kenta vs Punk is never going to happen’ that was in response to him actually being out of the match. “

CM Punk expressed his willingness to participate in a match, and there were ongoing considerations regarding his potential opponents. When Fightful reached out to NJPW sources to inquire about KENTA, it was confirmed that many of the top NJPW talents had already been scheduled to face other opponents, even though these matchups had not been officially announced.

We will have to see if AEW is able to figure out another match for CM Punk at Forbidden Door. Apparently, that dream match with KENTA will have to wait.

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