A new report provides details on the injuries to both Kenny Omega and CM Punk.
AEW has had its share of rotten luck in the past few months as many of its roster members have been bitten by the injury bug.
Bryan Danielson recently returned from injury after being unable to compete at Forbidden Door and Blood and Guts, and Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly aren’t expected in action any time soon despite recently returning to television.
Perhaps the most unfortunate and ill-timed injury of all is that of AEW World Champion CM Punk, who shortly after winning the title at Double or Nothing announced on Rampage that he would require surgery and an interim AEW World Champion would be named in his absence.
Punk returned to television this past Wednesday on Dynamite, saving Interim World Champion Jon Moxley from a beatdown at the hands of the Jericho Appreciation Society before mouthing to the crowd that there’s “only one champion.”
During an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Punk indicated that he’d indeed had surgery on his foot and that he was “relearning to walk,” though his return on Dynamite has some fans wondering if the injury was as severe as originally reported.
A report from PWInsider, however, confirms that the injury was as bad as was stated. According to the report, CM Punk did indeed undergo surgery on his foot and is still rehabbing it. His return to television shouldn’t be seen as an indication that he was working the injury.
The report states that Punk was still in severe pain as recently as a few weeks ago and that he just got out of his walking boot, so he is not expected to wrestle ahead of All Out in September.
The report also notes that, despite his Dynamite return being a surprise, Punk was not hidden away backstage and was in full sight of everyone during the show.
The PWInsider report also provided an update on Kenny Omega, who has been out of action since November following his defeat to Hangman Adam Page at Full Gear.
On the Dynamite after the show, Omega explained that he would be taking time off to “fix things.” In reality the star had been dealing with a whole list of injuries for a number of months.
According to the report, most people expect Omega to return soon and be the Young Bucks’ partner in the tournament to crown the first AEW Trios Champions. This coincides with a report last month that Omega was hoping to be back by the time of All Out on September 4th.