CM Punk & Jon Moxley will square off in the main event of All Out despite their last match only lasting a few minutes. Jim Ross sees some plot holes.
CM Punk and Jon Moxley will be in the main event of AEW‘s All Out pay-per-view, but at least one of the company’s broadcasters sees some holes in the storyline’s logic. All Elite Wrestling fans who embrace the promotion’s chaotic neutral leanings seemed to appreciate the road Punk, Moxley and AEW traveled to get to this point. Those from an old-school background regarding professional wrestling stories haven’t been as into it.
Initially, the September 4 pay-per-view was supposed to be when Moxley and Punk unified the AEW World Championship. However, that bout got bumped to the September 24 episode of Wednesday Night Dynamite, and the outcome was shocking. The Death Rider squashed The Best In The World in a match that wasn’t even the main event of the evening. Last week, AEW and Punk had a chance to make a rematch seem rational but instead trotted out Ace Steel, who gave CM a pep talk and convinced him to challenge for the title at All Out. And that was it. In a company where wins and losses are tracked, and championship rematches aren’t guaranteed (just ask Hangman Adam Page), fans will be treated to Punk Vs. Moxley II just 11 days after the former was beaten cleanly in less than four minutes.
AdFreeShows.com did a Steve “Mongo” McMichael benefit show in Chicago on September 3, and Conrad Thompson asked Jim Ross about the overflowing All Out card. The veteran announcer said: “I don’t know how you have a match on Wednesday and your champion gets his ass whipped like a government mule, and then you expect to return it Sunday. Why do I need a return? You just got your ass whipped. So there’s logical things we have to address, quite frankly. I think it’s gonna be a challenging show for Tony Khan to book, but it’s loaded.” (thanks and an h/t to wrestlingnews.co for the transcription)
Match Quality Isn’t Mox Vs. Punk’s Problem
Besides Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley and CM Punk are AEW’s two biggest stars. Regarding wrestlers who can move the ratings needle and sell tickets, no one in the company comes close to Punk. Having the title unification fight on free television less than two weeks before the pay-per-view was a different approach, and perhaps Tony Khan deserves some credit for that.
The build feels different for a reason, though, because squashing the champion in the middle of a weekly television show isn’t exactly the best way to protect someone. Especially the top guy in AEW. It’s tough to imagine WWE trotting out Roman Reigns on Friday Night SmackDown almost an hour before the show goes off the air and then having him lose to Karrion Kross in three minutes. That wouldn’t happen, and with good reason. Punk Vs. Moxley will be a perfectly fine wrestling match, but the storyline leading up to that point has been illogical, as Ross pointed out.