Call it a change up. Wrestling is a lot of things, and one of the most important is fast paced. With so much content out there, it can be difficult to keep track of everything going on at once. There are certain things that can happen to make it even more complicated and that was the case this week. To make it worse, it was one of the most important situations that a wrestling company can have.

This week’s AEW Rampage featured CM Punk announcing that he needed surgery and was considering vacating the AEW World Title. Commentator Chris Jericho said that Punk was in fact relinquishing it, but the situation changed later in the show. During another match, the commentary team explained that Punk HAD NOT vacated the title and that a new Interim World Champion will be crowned with the following process:

  • There will be a battle royal to open Dynamite
  • The winner will face #1 contender Jon Moxley later in the night
  • The winner of Moxley vs. the battle royal winner will go on to face an unnamed wrestler at Forbidden Door on June 26 to crown an Interim World Champion
  • Punk will then face the Interim World Champion at some point in the future

Opinion: That’s quite the messy roll out of an announcement, as you would think they would have had this figured out beforehand. I’m not sure how much notice AEW had about Punk’s injury, but I would hope that commentary had been told of the plan before the show went on the air. At the very least, don’t say “this is happening” and then ten minutes later say “this is not happening” as it is only going to create confusion.

What do you think of the plan? Who will be the Interim World Champion? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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