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Speaking of convoluted segues, I mean…speaking of oceans.
Following the success of Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N Wrestling Rager at Sea, a second Rock ‘N Wrestling Rager at Sea was announced almost immediately following the first one, and between the two cruises, there’s this little t-shirt company called AEW that’s been formed.
For The Rock N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea Part Deux: Second Wave, that’s a long title, it’s now been confirmed that Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Cody, Hangman Page, Brandi Rhodes, MJF, Britt Baker, Jungle Boy and Nyla Rose will all be appearing on the cruise.
They’ll be joining such stars as Ric Flair, DDP, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, X-Pac, Vickie Guerrero, Jake the Snake Roberts and many, many more.
The first cruise was most definitely a success, and the matches that took place on the ship were streamed through Fite TV. For The Rock N’ Wrestling Rager: Judgement Day though, Jericho thinks they’ll be taking it up a notch.
This past Friday, Jericho took to Twitter to reveal that Jungle Boy would be a part of the lineup for The Rock ‘N Wrestling Rager at Sea: Reloaded and a fan responded to him, asking whether the matches on board this time would be on Fite or BRLive.
Jericho would respond to the tweet, saying
We are gonna do something even better, OMINOUS ELLIPSES
The Rock N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea: Attack of the Clones, is set to sail from January 20th to January 24th, 2020. Wouldn’t you know it, January 22nd is a Wednesday, and with AEW’s recent announcement that, beginning October 2nd, they’ll be broadcasting weekly TV shows every Wednesday on TNT, well maybe The Rock N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea: Revenge of the Fallen could be broadcast as the January 22nd episode on TNT.
One of the people that those going on the cruise would hope to see is CM Punk, as speculation has been rife in the last couple of weeks that Punk may be finding his way to AEW, as he’s been announced for Starrcast III, which just so happens to be in the same city and on the same day, as AEW’s All Out show on August 31st.
This speculation was furthered when CM Punk revealed in an interview with ESPN that AEW had offered him contracts, however they were via text message. Cody then rebuffed this claim, stating that 1 AEW executive had met with Punk in person, but he did text him when a phone call was unavailable, however no contract offers were sent through text.
This has led to some fans thinking this is all part of a work, with this leading to CM Punk’s eventual AEW debut on August 31st at All Out.
Now though, there’s another wrinkle in the story, as Punk revealed during the same ESPN interview that he’s still signed with UFC. When asked about upcoming contractually obligated fights, Punk responded with
“That I have no idea about, but I will say that I’m a different animal compared to most people. I think I’m just kind of floating right now. But have I been offered anything? No, I haven’t.”
So is Punk going to AEW, or staying with UFC, or neither? Well, according to AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes, there might be a fourth option.
Rhodes responded to a fan on Twitter, who was asking more about the claim that Punk made about receiving contract offers through text. Cody responded with
I think he was misquoted. I know 1 of us had met with him in person, and yes I texted him plenty when we couldn’t connect on the actual phone, but not a contracted offer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to wwe. Regardless, great wrestler & guy. Door is open if he wants it
CM Punk to…WWE confirmed?
If ever there was some speculation that this is all leading to a CM Punk debut in AEW, this added fuel to the Punk-shaped fire. CM Punk returning to WWE? Did you not hear the Art of Wrestling podcast Cody? Have you not heard all the things Punk has said about how drained and tired and beatdown he became because of WWE? Tch, don’t think you can fool us, Cody, this is all a work, and it’ll be CM Punk to AEW confirmed forever.
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer however, this is absolutely not a work, and AEW legitimately have no plans to use CM Punk.
“I think some people are reading this as some sort of work, but its not. He could always change his mind and of course they’ll take him.”
Well…CM Punk…not to AEW confirmed?
This whole scenario is turning my brain into a pretzel. CM Punk possibly confirmed for AEW, or UFC, or WWE, or none of those. Alright cool, glad we cleared that up.
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