UPDATE – For how Warner Bros. Discovery may have accidentally spoiled CM Punk’s AEW return, click this link.
An update has emerged on CM Punk following his absence from the official announcement of AEW Collision.
AEW Collision was officially announced during the Warner Bros Discovery Upfront presentation on Wednesday (May 17).
The announcement confirmed previous reports that the show will air on Saturdays following its premiere on June 17.
Interestingly, the announcement featured no mention of CM Punk, despite previous reports indicating that he will be a top star of the brand.
It had been reported that Punk will make his return on the debut episode of Collision, which will air from the United Center in Chicago.
Per PWInsider, the belief among AEW sources as late as this weekend was that Punk would be one of the main forces both onscreen and backstage for Collision.
While Punk’s absence from the Upfront and announcement indicates that this is not the case, AEW has been advertising that Tony Khan will make a big announcement on Dynamite, so it is possible that Punk’s involvement in Collision will be discussed on Wednesday’s show.
It is also worth remembering that CM Punk was never explicitly advertised for his first AEW show, Rampage: The First Dance.
While it was heavily rumored that Punk would be at this August 2021 show, which also aired from the United Center, AEW didn’t announce Punk for the show ahead of time.
It is possible that AEW plans to pull a similar stunt with Punk’s return and make it the worst kept secret in wrestling.
AEW has shared a list of five ‘headliners’ who will feature on Collision, which you can read more about right here.
UPDATE: A new report has revealed CM Punk and AEW have had another falling out, hence why Punk was removed from promotional material for Collision – read more at this link.
Here’s the full announcement from AEW:
TNT LAUNCHES A SECOND NIGHT OF WRESTLING WITH “AEW: COLLISION” FEATURING HEADLINERS THUNDER ROSA, MIRO, SAMOA JOE, POWERHOUSE HOBBS AND ANDRADE EL IDOLO ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17
NEW YORK (May 17, 2023) – TNT launches a second night of professional wrestling with a new tentpole series, “AEW: Collision” on Saturday, June 17, it was announced today by Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, Warner Bros. Discovery, during the company’s 2023 Upfront presentation at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
This live, two-hour, in-ring show will air every Saturday night from 8-10 p.m. ET and feature more wrestlers, more stories and more action to super-serve fans.
“AEW: Collision” will feature headliners including Miro, Samoa Joe, Thunder Rosa, Powerhouse Hobbs, and Andrade El Idolo.
In only four years following the launch of “AEW: Dynamite,” AEW’s footprint has more than doubled across TNT and TBS. Along with “AEW: Dynamite,” Friday night’s “AEW: Rampage,” the recent follow-doc “AEW: All Access,” and now “AEW: Collision,” TNT and TBS deliver the best matches and most entertaining moments in professional wrestling today.
AEW has reached 23M total viewers so far this year across all of its shows on TBS and TNT.*
“We’re doubling-down on wrestling with ‘AEW: Collision,’ which gives fans two more hours every week,” said Jason Sarlanis, President, Turner Networks, ID and HLN, linear & streaming.
“AEW’s roster of talent has expanded so quickly that we felt it needed another night to bring our audience the epic rivalries, unforgettable matches and stars they love to watch
“Adding ‘Collision’ to our programming mix on TNT will allow us to satisfy the massive demand we’ve felt from our hardcore fanbase and be the ultimate complement to ‘AEW: Dynamite’ on TBS.”
“With the addition of ‘AEW: Collision’ on TNT, I’m extremely proud that a Turner network will be the home of Saturday night wrestling for the first time in more than two decades,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW.
“The debut of ‘Collision’ is significant across numerous sectors including television, wrestling, entertainment and sports, and reinforces AEW as the bold property we envisioned when we launched in 2019.
“‘Collision’ will deliver live every Saturday night more of what fans and viewers tell us they want – athleticism, big personalities, exciting storylines and hard-hitting wrestling action, all of which have become synonymous with AEW.”
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