AEW Dynamite Live Coverage: CM Punk Appearance, Chris Jericho Addresses His Future

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Is CM Punk in AEW?

AEW will make its Milwaukee debut Wednesday with former WWE star CM Punk. Here's what to know about the new wrestling company. Legendary WWE star CM Punk came out of his seven-year retirement Friday at the United Center in Chicago, a return to wrestling that drew more than 5 million views on YouTube. Milwaukee Journal SentinelAEW will make its Milwaukee debut Wednesday with former WWE star CM Punk. Here's what to know about the new wrestling company.

What time is AEW dynamite on tonight?

AEW Dynamite, also known as Wednesday Night Dynamite or simply Dynamite, is a professional wrestling television program. It is produced by the American promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and airs every Wednesday at 8pm ET on TNT in the United States. wikipedia.orgAEW Dynamite

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That Fire Burns Always: The Return Of CM Punk Signifies So Much For Pro-Wrestling

Wrestlezone 26 August, 2021 - 06:00am

It’s been seven-plus years since we saw CM Punk get thrown out of the 2014 Royal Rumble by a “corporate” Kane and in retrospect, that elimination was abundant in symbolism wasn’t it?

According to Punk, the “First Dance” in Chicago marks just over 16 years since he left “pro-wrestling” as he knows it. For a lot of fans scorned by WWE’s corporate machinations, it’s hard to disagree with him, but it’s so satisfying to see him back, happy and re-energized. The best part about it? That feeling is contagious.

Punk’s return to pro-wrestling on Friday night signified so much for wrestling fans. For many, it felt like the return of a long-lost friend whom many believed moved on. Something that has always been so admirable about Punk has been his ability to embrace interests outside of wrestling. He relished in his love for hockey, for AJ and for his dog, Larry. He took on the challenges of MMA, comic writing and acting. People who dabble in interests outside of their career bubble know that doing such only enhances one’s ability to excel in their chosen profession, but fans thought CM Punk was done with the craft he became known for. That, in turn, felt tragic and heartbreaking. And what was rewarding for so many tuning into AEW Rampage was that couldn’t be further from the case. That friend was back and it wasn’t because of guilt-ridden obligation, but motivation and appreciation for all who missed him.

For others, Punk’s AEW debut signified a new beginning and a return to what was never broken about wrestling: the art of promotion. WWE has pavlovian trained fans to feel the earth move under their feet and disrupt the convention of good overcoming evil, while faces either lost or play the fool while the bully always triumphed. Therefore, a true payoff would never come and if it did, it would come limping across the finish line with glass-half-empty pessimism and the feigned promise of a resolution in sight.

On Friday, AEW and Tony Khan paid off on the fans’ “First Dance” investments. No rug was pulled, no smoke blown, but we got The Second City Saint showing up for his Second City fans, assuring them that he’s in for the long haul. The tongue-in-cheek teases that AEW dangled in front of everyone for weeks weren’t window dressing, but in fact, it was the Real McCoy that kicked the door down. Such a novel idea in wrestling was long lost, with some even wondering if this promise would go undelivered like many others before it elsewhere.

Also significant in CM Punk’s historic return was a return to authenticity. Punk’s brand has always been that there isn’t a brand with him. He’s CM Punk, who is also Phil Brooks, and he is also a guy who will shoot you straight, authority be damned. The outlaw going against the grain is what made a Dusty Rhodes or a Steve Austin someone fans dreamed to epitomize. From the time Living Colour’s “Cult Of Personality” erupted inside the United Center to when Punk dropped the mic 18 minutes later, the authenticity was as rich as the sugar in the long-dreamt ice cream bars delivered to the building. Punk organically crowd surfed, hugged fans and tearfully took in the packed house chanting his name, and Chicagoans on the other side of the barricade did the same. An unknown fan on Friday was made into a meme because of happy tears shed, but many in the business (and in his shoes) made an effort to built him up rather than break him down. On August 20, 2021, CM Punk brought a forgotten fanbase together, one that is ready for him to wrestle new stars and one that is ready for a return to pro-wrestling.

“I’m back” never packed a bigger punch.

Britt Baker wants to wrestle AJ Lee in an AEW ring

Cageside Seats 26 August, 2021 - 06:00am

She’s also interested in a mixed tag with AJ, CM Punk, and ‘somebody else’...

Punk’s wife April Mendez, fka AJ Lee, seems perfectly happy focusing on her writing career and charitable work. She’s spoken of the wear & tear the years in WWE put on her body, and while she hasn’t ruled it out, doesn’t seem interested in risking more damage for a few bumps.

But while AJ was an important part of WWE transitioning from the lingerie pillow fights to the Women’s Evolution, it wasn’t because she put on five star classics all the time (Lee stood out in the ring because she was working to have the same kind of matches the guys were after years of most women’s bouts involving trying to rip clothes off each other). Mendez’s real gift was on the microphone, and channeling her charismatic personality into her characters. It could be cool to see her just show up on Dynamite or Rampage in the occasional backstage segment.

Hell, I’d cheer if we just saw in the crowd at All Out.

AEW Women’s champion Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. is hoping for a little more, though.

At last weekend’s Planet Comicon in Kansas City, Baker talked about April, her hubby, and - without naming her BAY BAY - teased a mixed tag:

“I was a big AJ Lee fan. One of the first moves I asked my trainer to teach me when I was training was her finisher, the Black Widow. So, that would be really cool.

“Again, I think it’s giving the fans what they want. I think the fans - to see both of them [Punk & Lee] in a wrestling ring again in 2021, let alone in one that’s not WWE, it’s evolutionary. That would be such a moment. So for the moment alone, I would love to see her back in a ring. I would love to see her in the ring with me...

“Speaking of her, I know we said we don’t really do mixed tags, but I think a mixed tag I would like to see involving her, him [Punk], me and somebody else.”

Make it happen, Tony! Or at least get AJ on BTE or something. Tell her she can bring Larry.

h/t talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy

Ric Flair Sends Message To CM Punk During AEW Dynamite

Wrestling Inc. 26 August, 2021 - 06:00am

Ric Flair has taken issue with CM Punk’s nickname.

During tonight’s AEW Dynamite, Flair tweeted Punk, noting he wants a word with him over one of his monikers.

“CM Punk, we need to talk about BEST IN THE WORLD!!!” Flair wrote.

Earlier this month, Flair teased getting in the squared circle once again, mentioning how he’ll “never retire.” This comes on the heels of Flair’s WWE release, which he personally requested, as exclusively reported by Wrestling Inc.

Reports have also circulated that Flair joining AEW “seems to be a lock” whenever he’s legally able to join. The 16-time world champion made his first post-WWE appearance at AAA’s TripleMania XXIX two weeks ago, accompanying son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to the ring ahead of his match with AAA Mega Champion Kenny Omega.

If Flair does sign with AEW, there’s no telling what capacity the company intends to use him in. The 72-year-old Flair’s last match was in 2011, after the WWE Hall of Famer came out of retirement to compete in TNA.

You can see Flair’s tweet below:

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ANALYSIS-Investors see no speed bump in Fed's Jackson Hole event

eWrestlingNews 26 August, 2021 - 12:03am

Some market-watchers had seen the conference as a potentially key moment when Powell could give hints about tapering here the Fed's $120 billion in monthly asset purchases that have propped up the market after COVID-19 hit.

However, with a consensus still forming among Fed members on when to taper, some see scant market-moving revelations by Powell in his speech, contending the Fed will want to see upcoming jobs and inflation data and more information on how the coronavirus Delta variant impacts the economy.

“It does feel like the markets and investors are basically going into this event with more of a neutral stance and not taking any big bets one way or another,” said Anders Persson, Nuveen’s chief investment officer.

Amid many characterizations of the conference as a potential “yawner,” U.S. stock indexes have hit record highs and derivatives markets are shrugging it off, although bond markets have been a bit more volatile.

Meanwhile, tapering views may be evolving due to the Delta variant with Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan saying last week he may need to adjust his call for reducing asset purchases this fall.

Even when tapering does start, some say the Fed is unlikely to generate a "taper tantrum" here similar to 2013 when Fed chief Ben Bernanke told lawmakers the central bank could slow its pace of asset purchases, sending yields sharply higher.

Goldman Sachs in a research note estimates the magnitude of moves versus 2013 “is likely to be smaller” given how well-telegraphed the policy change is likely to be.

Powell in July edged closer to unveiling plans to taper, going so far as to describe the Fed’s July gathering as the “talking-about talking-about meeting.”

“We were always in the nothing-burger camp and at this point we think that ... the Fed has talked about tapering for quite some time and so if you aren’t expecting it you live under a rock,” said Jack Janasiewicz, portfolio manager at Natixis Investment Managers Solutions.

At a time when gyrations in the foreign exchange market are particularly muted - the Deutsche Bank FX Volatility Index is near historical lows - traders do not see Powell shattering the calm. “Currency markets are overwhelmingly positioned for a snoozer,” said Karl Schamotta, chief market strategist at Cambridge Global Payments in Toronto.

Activity in the U.S. equity options market is similarly nonchalant, with traders largely looking past the Jackson Hole event, Susquehanna International Group’s Chris Murphy said in a note.

S&P 500 options are currently pricing in a one-day move of about 0.6% on Friday, according to Matt Amberson of analytics firm ORATS, about the same as the 0.63% move the S&P 500 has logged on average on the day the Jackson Hole symposium heard from the Fed chief, a Reuters analysis showed.

In the bond market, the ICE BofA MOVE Index, which tracks traders’ expectations of swings in the Treasury market, was just a little higher than its 5-year average. Yields moved higher on Wednesday, although that was partly ascribed to low liquidity.

Jason England, a global bonds portfolio manager at Janus Henderson Investors, sees thinly traded Treasuries remaining range-bound.

“Until you get some more of that data and get closer to any firm views on tapering from the consensus on the (Federal Open Market Committee), you’re not going see much shocks in Treasuries,” he said.

Tim Murray, a capital market strategist at T. Rowe Price, said his positioning of being slightly underweight in equities reflects concerns over elevated valuations in most asset classes, slowing growth and waning stimulus.

“Within equities, we are tilted towards value ... if there’s a negative surprise and rates do go down you’ll want to have fixed income in that case so we benefit from a slight overweight there,” he said.

Charlie McElligott, a cross-asset strategist at Nomura, cautioned in a note on Wednesday that the Fed event also coincides with a large-scale expiration of Treasury options on Friday, indicating the potential for heightened moves in the Treasuries market.

“Powell will have to say something at Jackson Hole,” said Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Pictet Wealth Management. “We have heard the views of regional Fed governors and people want to hear what Powell thinks.” (Reporting by Karen Pierog in Chicago and Saqib Ahmed in New York Additional reporting by Megan Davies in New York and Sujata Rao-Coverley in London Editing by Megan Davies and Matthew Lewis)

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