AEW Dynamite (Aug. 31, 2022) emanated from Now Arena in Chicago, IL. The go-home show to All Out featured the setup for Jon Moxley versus CM Punk in a PPV rematch, Kenny Omega scuffling with Will Ospreay for exciting trios tournament action, and so much more.
Get caught up on all the Dynamite details with the excellent play-by-play from Claire Elizabeth.
All Out world title main event is set
Coming in to Dynamite, the world title fight for All Out was still a mystery. Now, we finally have a main event for the PPV. Jon Moxley will defend the AEW World Championship in a rematch against CM Punk. It took a few twists and dramatic promos to get there.
This Dynamite story was a three-part act. The show opened with Moxley addressing the partisan Chicago crowd about his demolition of CM Punk one week earlier to unify the AEW World Championship. When guys get in the ring with Mox, we learn what they are made of. Moxley accused Punk of folding under pressure. After Punk dished out his best shots, saw Moxley still coming forward, and realized that Mox didn’t care about pain, that’s when Punk looked for a way out using his foot injury as an excuse to crumble. Moxley has zero sympathy for Punk. Fragile ego, fragile body, weak mind, weak spirit. Time to move on.
Moxley offered an open contract to anyone that wants to sign for All Out. For whoever signs, be warned that Mox can out-marathon, out-sprint, out-fight, and out-wrestle you. He is the fire-breathing, blood-spitting living embodiment of pro wrestling. Moxley dropped the contract in the center of the ring and split. AEW producer Ace Steel retrieved the document. Steel also happens to by Punk’s close friends. Doo, doo, doo…
Part two saw Punk in the ring for his own promo. Punk reflected solemnly on letting the fans down. Upon the original injury, Punk’s foot was pulverized. Surgery inserted three plates and sixteen screws. Even though he was cleared as 100% healthy, maybe he came back too early. The truth could be that this new 100% might not be good enough anymore.
Enter Steel to read the riot act to his friend. Life isn’t about getting knocked down. It is about how many times you get back up. Steel slapped Punk hard across the face to reignite Punk’s fighting spirit. Steel told Punk that he will sign the contract to face Moxley at All Out. Punk hugged his pal with rejuvenation. The world has been trying to kill Punk since the day he …….