All Elite Wrestling have reportedly had to modify their booking plans for the coming months to facilitate the arrivals of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk respectively.
In an exclusive from Bodyslam.net, it was revealed that AEW had decided on their direction through to All Out but were now looking to reformat those plans to maximise the debuts of the two former WWE Champions.
They already had plans for [Bryan Danielson] to debut at Arthur on September 22nd, however that was a couple of weeks ago. Meltzer saying he’s known since May… nahh … they had discussed it internally in May when his contract ran up, but they didn’t start talks until about 2 or 3 weeks ago. So that stuff didn’t start happening until recently.”
“Then the Punk stuff happened after Bryan. So, they had plans in place for Bryan at Arthur Ashe, and then this Punk stuff happened and it’s kinda thrown a wrench into how they want to present everything. Now they’ve got to reformat everything because of that, you know? Because it’s ‘how do you capitalize off this buzz’ and what are they gonna do exactly is what they’re trying to figure out.”
“Daniel Bryan started talking to them 2 or 3 weeks ago, and he was supposed to do Arthur Ashe and as long as of 2 days ago that was the plan, but they can always change that around. They can always change up when he’s gonna debut, but it’s happening. It’s 100% that he’s guaranteed to be there [in AEW].
Tony Khan and co clearly have a penchant for long-term storytelling as highlighted by the red hot angle between Hangman Page and Kenny Omega, however they have been forced to be versatile before, as evidenced by the global pandemic.
It will be interesting to see when and where Bryan and Punk do in fact make their respective debuts and Inside the Ropes will be covering the story closely as we move forward.