AEW has an interesting opportunity to perform a soft reboot as Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page battle for the World Championship in Cincinnati.
Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page are set to wrestle for the AEW World Championship on October 18, presenting an exciting opportunity to perform a soft reboot. There’s no denying that Tony Khan and the All Elite Wrestling roster have battled through a difficult summer. It culminated in CM Punk’s meltdown during his post-All Out presser, where he called out the company’s EVPs before burying Hangman Adam Page, all while Khan sat next to him.
It was one of the darkest days in the company’s young history, and the repercussions are still being felt. Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks haven’t been back on television, and it’s unclear at this point whether or not AEW will welcome Punk back into the fold when he’s healthy. What should have been a triumphant return for Omega was immediately negated. Matt and Nick Jackson have wanted trios titles for years, and that excitement was snuffed out in an instant. Punk, AEW’s biggest needle mover, might never wrestle for the company again. But what if Tony Khan could go back in time and prevent these things from happening?
He can’t erase the fallout from All Out, but he can reset things to how they were before Punk entered the championship title picture. After all, Hangman Adam Page is the man that Punk beat for his first AEW World Championship, and some fans still feel like the anxious millennial cowboy never got a real run with the title. The story of Adam Page climbing to the top of the All Elite mountain is still among the best long-term stories Khan has ever pieced together. His win over Kenny Omega at Full Gear in 2021 was a feel-good moment when seemingly everyone in the World needed one, and some fans feel that he should have never dropped the belt to CM Punk in the first place.
How AEW Would Have Felt With No CM Punk
Hangman’s title reign felt like an afterthought as Punk scratched and clawed his way into the title picture. MJF was lost in the shuffle, too, even though his pipe bomb promo on June 1 should have catapulted him into the stratosphere. The Salt of the Earth somehow still landed there (mostly a testament to how good he is), and he now looms behind the Moxley Vs. Page championship fight with a chip that guarantees him a title match whenever he wants.
These three should have been AEW’s major players all summer long. There’s an argument to be made that Jon Moxley was, but Khan still booked him to lose the championship back to Punk at All Out. The entire company revolved around a fantastical summer of Punk that never occurred and suffered severely for it. Now that the so-called Best In The World is on the mend, AEW can focus on a trio of stars worth building the next four or five months of programming around. No more interim championship nonsense. No more waiting for one man to heal to move forward with storytelling. October 18’s Dynamite allows AEW to recreate the product without CM Punk at the center of it.
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