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AEW DYNAMITE: The Elite Mock CM Punk In Chi-Town; Jon Moxley Confronts William Regal After ‘Full Gear’ Swerve

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Anticipation was high for Wednesday night’s Thanksgiving Eve AEW Dynamite on TBS.  There were plenty of questions to be answered from the fallout from the Full Gear pay-per-view.

Airing live from Chicago, the show opened with William Regal, who came to the ring to address the crowd who were already hostile towards him for his heel turn during Full Gear.  Regal, who had been the manager of the Blackpool Combat Club, and supposedly in then champion Jon Moxley’s corner at Full Gear, passed brass knuckles to MJF, who used them on Moxley to become the new AEW World Champion.  On ‘Dynamite’, Regal had some explaining to do, only we never got the explanation!

When Jon Moxley came to the ring to confront Regal for his betrayal, out came Bryan Danielson.  Danielson pleaded with Mox to not attack Regal, followed by Danielson slapping the former champ in the face.  Moxley eventually told Regal: Lordship, I only want one thing from you.  I want you to run. Run far away, as far away as you can, and you never, ever come back. Right now. Walk. And keep on walking.”

Next, Regal left the ring and headed to the back, but is it for good? Previously, Regal told the crowd, MJF was off shooting a motion picture (The Iron Claw) and would return to ‘Dynamite’ next week and all would be explained.  AEW fans in attendance and the viewers at home were left with basically no answers … for now.

In another major development, during the second in the best of seven trios matches between The Elite (Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson) and AEW Trios Champs, Death Triangle (Pac, Rey Fenix, and Penta El Zero Miedo), The Elite effectively mocked CM Punk in the ring during the match.

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This did not sit-well with the fans from Chicago.  After all, Punk is their hometown boy.  When Omega bit Pac during the match, it was a mocking of Punk’s friend Ace Steel allegedly biting Omega in the backstage brawl a few months back. Then, Omega hit Punk’s finisher, the GTS to try to pin Pac.

Later, Matt Jackson executed Hangman Adam Page’s signature move, the Buckshot Lariat, but as if he were Punk in his championship match with Page.  In that match, Punk botched the move several times.  It should also be noted, The Elite are friends with Page.

In the end, Death Triangle (using a hammer again) won the match going up 2-o in the best of seven series.

One thing is for sure, Wrestling Observer noted that people in Punk’s camp were not happy with the mockery The Elite made of the backstage brawl, and Punk in the ring, during their match on ‘Dynamite’.

So, why do you think William Regal aligned with MJF? Do you think CM Punk could be on his way back after he is healed from his torn tricep surgery, or is he on his way out of AEW with a contract buyout as has been previously rumored? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out the action of what went down on “Dynamite’ below.

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Talk with AEW’s ‘Rated-R’ Superstar Adam Copeland On Turning to Acting Amid Near Career-Ending Neck Injuries

On last Friday’s January 19th episode of the syndicated morning talk show, Live with Kelly and Mark, the former All My Children alums, welcomed professional wrestling veteran, Adam Copeland.

Having spent years in the WWE as “Edge” (from 1998-2023), Copeland is now wrestling for AEW (since October of 2023) under by his own name, but retaining his catchphrase the “Rated-R Superstar.”

During Copeland’s guest appearance mhe opened up to hosts, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, about his almost career ending double-neck fusion in 2011, and his subsequent additional fusion. Through his injuries Adam turned to acting, and landed several roles including on the SyFy series Haven as Dwight Hendrickson after producers saw him give his then ‘farewell” from WWE when he was told he might never wrestle again.

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More recently, Copeland can be seen in Disney’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians in the role of Ares, a role Copeland shares that his young daughters, Lyric and Ruby, love to watch their dad in.

Coming up on the January 22nd episode of Live with Kelly and Mark, The Bachelor Joey Graziadei and Jeopardy’s Ken Jennings are the guests. And on Tuesday, January 23rd look for singer Jennifer Nettles and I Can See Your Voice host Ken Jeong.

Now below, check out these clips of Adam’s appearance with Kelly and Mark, talking on his wrestling injuries, acting, being voted the most-likely to become a WWE superstar in High School, and more.

What did you think of Adam turning to Acting amid his almost career-ending neck injuries and fusion surgery and his appearance on Live with Kelly and Mark? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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AEW Worlds End: MJF Drops World Title to Samoa Joe as Adam Cole is Revealed to be ‘The Devil’

As 2023 came to a close, AEW’s Worlds End pay-per-view from MJF’s hometown of Long Island, New York was the epicenter for the action. Before AEW’s newest and final pay-per-view of the year, MJF had written a commentary in the Player’s Tribune about his run as World Champ, AEW as a company, where he’s at which is currently suffering from several injuries and suffering from exhaustion.

Well, after Worlds End was over, MJF may get his rest. Before the main event between Samoa Joe and  AEW World Champ, MJF, began, a brilliant clip package set the stage, where several Long Island residents talk up how MJF is “their scumbag” complete with MJF scarves around their necks. Once it’s time for MJF to head to the ring, it’s clear he is taped up in his torn labrum as well as having issues with his hip and is pretty beat up.

With all that said, who should join him? His BFF Adam Cole, (who now has darker hair, a clue indeed for what’s to come) on crutches to ringside. Much of the match saw Joe beating down and controlling the tempo, and MJH firing back with short bursts of energy or moves.

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When the ref got knocked out, MJF asked for his Dynamite Diamond Ring, which Adam Cole, took way too much time to find in his pocket.. Once he tossed it to Max, it was too late, as at that point, Samoa Joe locked in a near-naked choke hold.  Then, in a shocker, after the ref would check on Max, and if he could continue, he was already out, and the ref crowned Samoa Joe the new AEW World Champion.  This ending came off as very puzzling.

Next, Cole comes inside the ring to console MJF and the crowd chants “b******t” as they don’t believe Cole for a second.  The Devil’s Masked Men arrive on the scene. They are restraining both Max and Adam, with the two ‘besties” shouting and begging for the Masked Men to hit them with the chair, and not their buddy.

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All of a sudden as is ‘The Devil’s’ style, the lights g out in the arena, and when they come back on, Cole is sitting on a chair looking at Max while Wardlow, Roderick Strong and The Kingdom are unmasked behind him. MJF looked devastated at how Cole could do this to him.  Next, they beatdown the now former champ and Wardlow delivers one final power bomb and lays MJF out. Worlds End come to its conclusion with Cole revealing he is The Devil holding the Devil Mask and his posse standing around and over MJF.

In the post Worlds End media scrum, AEW President, Tony Khan alluded to the the status of Mac with the company, and that Max isn’t signed to AEW at this moment, and what led him to drop the title.

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Khan shared:  “MJF’s injury was absolutely a very big factor in the lead-up to Worlds End, but MJF wrestled through the injury and then had an amazing match tonight. He wrestled through a match against one of the hardest-hitting best wrestlers of all time. I believe Max is somebody who has a great heart and somebody who loves AEW, and I think everybody read that in the article in ‘The Players Tribune’.  I can’t speak to his future in 2024 here at this time, but I do think MJF has been a huge part of AEW for five years. MJF is somebody also that is welcome at AEW and wanted in AEW for life and is also a huge part of the growth of AEW and the success of the company.”

It is believed that MJF signed a new contract with AEW sometime ago, although Khan’s comments indicate otherwise, when he added, that he is was incredibly grateful for the contributions that MJF has made to AEW since coming aboard the company in 2019 and is “always welcome here for the rest of his career.”

So did AEW have MJF lose the world title, so he could go have any imminent surgeries and recover? Is Max still exploring WWE as an option? As of Sunday, MJF was no longer listed on the AEW site’s roster of wrestler, although some think its a “work.”

So, what do you think? Is MJF going to stay with AEW? What did you think about the way Samoa Joe basically won a clean victory over MJF? Was the reveal of Adam Cole as The Devil anti-climatic? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

 

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AEW DYNAMITE: Samoa Joe Double-Crosses MJF; Tony Khan Teases at ‘Worlds End’ to Expect “Big Revelations” In The Devil Storyline

There were major developments and teases coming out of Wednesday night’s AEW Dynamite on TBS. With the final pay-per-view of the year, Worlds End set for this Saturday, there was plenty of storytelling to get into place for the payoff to happen in just two days.

In the main event on Dynamite, Samoa Joe and MJF were set to face two of The Devil’s Masked Men for the ROH Tag Team titles, held by MJF and the injured Adam Cole. However, prior to the match, Samoa Joe was taken out backstage. That meant MJF would go solo against The Devil’s Masked Men.

During the match, The Devil’s Masked Men cheated and defeated MJF and were crowned the new ROH tag champs. After the match, they continued to beatdown MFJ. Next, it appeared that Samoa Joe (with a chair in tow) limped down the ramp to save the day.  However, it turned out he was feigning the injury and was working with The Devil all along.

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The moment came about when The Devil appeared on the video screen and then in writing said, “Pleasure doing business with you.” With that with his back turned to Samoa Joe as he watching the screen, MJF gets clocked with a chair as Joe reveals. he was with The Devil the entire time.

After feigning a knee injury that took him out of the ROH Tag Team title clash, he hit the ring and chased the new champions, known generically as The Devil’s Masked Men, to the floor. Back inside the squared circle, he helped MJF to his feet, only to blast him with a chair following a brief appearance by The Devil on the video screen. The swerve gives a little more momentum for the Samoa Joe vs MJF AEW World Heavyweight Championship main event at World’s End.

On Thursday, AEW Owner and GM, Tony Khan addressed the press on a media call previewing Worlds End and more. When asked if The Devil story will come to a head and if fans will finally learn The Devil’s identify, Khan said, “Well, it feels like we’re getting close to that point, and I do expect some big revelations and big moments at Worlds End. It does feel like the secrets will be revealed at Worlds End, and I’m looking forward to it.”

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Khan also discussed how The Devil story give a component of continuing storyline, adding “(It’s) Something to keep people hooked and to see that kind of episodic story, and it’s really something that has got a lot of people talking, and has built a lot of interest for Worlds End, is the identify of the Devil, and last night finding out that Samoa Joe is working with the Devil and its MJF vs. Samoa Joe (for the title) and I think that twist adds a new layer.”

So what did you think of Samoa Joe working with The Devil? Who will be ultimately to be The Devil? Adam Cole, Britt Baker, Jack Perry or someone else. Let us know via the comment section below.

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