AEW is gearing up to have a huge summer. With rumors surfacing last week of plans for CM Punk's return this summer right before the big Forbidden Door show, there are now new details on the plan for his return, and they include a new primetime AEW show on Saturday nights.
AEW Collision is the expected name for the show, based on trademark filings. According to the Wrestling Observer newsletter, AEW has reserved Chicago's United Center on Saturday, June 17th and that's the expected debut date for the show, as well as when CM Punk would return. It would only make sense as Punk made his AEW debut at the United Center, for the premiere of AEW Rampage, which was monikered "The First Dance." Would this be referred to as "The Second Dance?"
The Observer noted says people have said that Warner wanted Punk for the new show and that the deal may have been incumbent on his return.
The show is expected to be on TNT, and not TBS, which is notable due to how often it would likely get pre-empted for sports with the NBA and NHL finals. A split of the AEW roster is expected, with wrestlers appearing exclusively on either Dynamite or Collision. No word on what would happen to Rampage, Dark, Elevation, or the Ring of Honor tapings
There will be lot of competition on Saturday nights, as UFC runs almost every week, although their main matches would start after the AEW show ends. Once a month, Collision would compete with a WWE premium live event, which would certainly take out a chunk of their audience for that week. AEW typically runs PPVs on Sundays, but their November PPV is usually on Saturday nights. Would they push the start time of their PPV to 10pm? Or would Collisson air earlier and act as a pre-show? These questions will be answered very soon.
AEW is heating up!
Squared Circle Pit #81 – Islander’s Mikey Carvajal talks Sting friendship, New Music
Host Rob Pasbani talks to Islander vocalist Mikey Carvajal about how he and his band formed a true friendship with wrestling icon Sting, how Sting appeared in their video and how Mikey and Sting connected about their spirituality. Mikey also discusses how he got into wrestling and being in a band, some rare wrestling memorabilia he has, his thoughts on CM Punk’s upcoming return, AEW Collision and more.
Listen to the episode here or watch it below.
What's on TV this week?
AEW Rampage is on a special night, TONIGHT at 10pm on TNT:
- AAA Mega Championship: El Hijo del Vikingo defends against Dralistico
- Jon Moxley vs. Christopher Daniels
- FTR & Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal vs. Slim J & Tony Nese & Ari Daivari & Josh "Woods
WWE RAW is Monday at 8pm on USA and announced:
- Bad Bunny returns
- Rey Mysterio vs. Damian Priest
AEW Dynamite on Wednesday at 8pm on TBS announced:
- TBS Champion Jade Cargill defends against Taya Valkyrie
- Sammy Guevara vs. Darby Allin in the Four Pillars tournament final
Impact next Thursday at 8pm on AXS announced:
- Impact Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo defends against Taylor Wilde
- Jordynne Grace vs. Masha Slamovich
- Impact Tag Team Champions ABC (Chris Bey & Ace Austin vs. The Design (Kon & Angels) in non-title action
WWE Smackdown next Friday at 8pm on Fox announced:
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens defend against The Usos
- WWE Draft begins
The card for WWE Backlash in two weeks on Peacock:
- The Usos & Solo Sikoa vs. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, and Matt Riddle
- Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar
- WWE United States title: Austin Theory defends against Bronson Reed and Bobby Lashley
- SmackDown Women's Championship: Rhea Ripley defends against Zelina Vega
- Seth Rollins vs. Omos
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Rey Fenix is taking some time off to recover from injuries. There is no timeline for his return, but he is expected back shortly.
Bandido finally resolved his passport issues, according to Dave Meltzer, so he should be back on AEW TV shortly.
Shawn Spears revealed in an interview recently that he's been off TV dealing with the death of his mother and the birth of his son, Austin. He praised owner Tony Khan telling Chris Van Vilet "just what a sweetheart of a man, gave me all the time in the world when my mom passed. And now that Austin’s been born, I had all the time in the world to be home with my wife, cause it’s just us here. Just a good man, a busy man, but a good man."
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