Lance Storm has suggested that the recent clash between CM Punk and Wardlow on Dynamite may have inadvertently shifted focus away from one of AEW’s biggest stories.
On the January 12th edition of AEW Dynamite, CM Punk and Wardlow met in the ring for the very first time. The match came about as a result of MJF doing everything he can to avoid facing Punk one-on-one, so he sent in his enforcer from The Pinnacle to dismantle his rival.
While Punk managed to use his speed and experience early on to unsettle the powerhouse, Wardlow quickly took over delivering powerbomb after powerbomb as MJF screamed for more at ringside. Despite Wardlow looking increasingly disenfranchised with MJF’s instructions, he sent Punk crashing through a table with another powerbomb, as victory looked a certainty.
However, after more antics from MJF, Punk just about avoided being counted out and snuck the win with a small package.
This led to a confrontation between MJF and Wardlow which needed Shawn Spears to run in and prevent from getting physical.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Live, Lance Storm said that the segment had done a great job in furthering the story of the split between MJF and Wardlow. Although, the knock on effect was that it made the audience forget about the feud between Punk and MJF.
“It was like, ‘Oh my god, Wardlow lost,” Storm said. “Wardlow’s going to be angry about this.’ Wardlow had two visual victories over Punk. Wardlow was the rightful winner. And it’s like, this segment damaged Punk a lot.
“It completely made me not care about Punk-MJF anymore. Everyone’s into MJF-Wardlow. Quite probably, because they’re good promo guys, they can dig themselves out of this hole. But I don’t understand putting them [Punk in particular] this deep in a whole that they have to talk their way out of. This was a very damaging segment.”
Later on in the show, MJF returned to the stage ranting about Punk and claiming that it was time to give his foe, and the people what they wanted. Despite the tease, MJF announced that Punk would be facing Shawn Spears next week.
Dynamite on January 19th will also see Cody Rhodes return to AEW television and Adam Cole team with his real-life partner Britt Baker to take on Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander.
H/t to Ringside News for the transcription.