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With the launch of AEW Collision set to take place next month, the return of CM Punk to AEW is set to also take place.
It is being reported that Punk will return to be the focal point of the Collision brand, with the Elite set to remain on Dynamite.
Ahead of his return, Punk had a meeting with Chris Jericho and Tony Khan, with Jericho reportedly being pitched as the return opponent for Punk.
However, Fightful Select reported yesterday that Punk had pitched for another big name return match, and we now know the identity of that man.
Per Fightful Select (subscription required), Punk has been pitching to work with Samoa Joe for ‘the better part of a month’, sources close to Punk have indicated.
Joe has not wrestled on AEW television since he dropped the TNT Championship to Wardlow at Revolution, but he is a regular on Ring of Honor TV as it’s current Television Champion.
Fightful did not confirm whether the pitch was made for a one-off match or an extended program, nor whether the match is actually happening, as AEW sources won’t discuss anything related to Collision in general, much less the matches planned.
Punk and Joe had a legendary feud in Ring of Honor, with their last match against each other taking place in 2005.
Fightful previously reported that the returns of Miro and Thunder Rosa were directly tied to the debut of Collision, as is Tony Khan’s upcoming announcement next week.
Here are full results from the May 10 episode of AEW Dynamite:
Claudio Castagnoli def. Rey Fenix
Miro returned and walked into Tony Khan’s office
An MJF video package mentioned CM Punk – the first time Punk has been mentioned on AEW TV since All Out
Mark Briscoe announced as the special guest referee for FTR vs Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett at Double Or Nothing
Thunder Rosa returned and, like Miro, walked into Tony Khan’s office
Tony Khan says he has a huge announcement next week
Orange Cassidy def. Daniel Garcia to retain the AEW International Championship
Julia Hart def. Anna Jay in a No Holds Barred match
House of Black def. Best Friends & Bandido to retain the AEW World Trios Championship
Jon Moxley def. Kenny Omega in a Steel Cage match after Don Callis turned on Omega and attacked him with a screwdriver
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