CM Punk sings the Golden Girls theme song on his AEW Dark debut

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How to watch All Out 2021. AEW will be available on standard PPV for $49.99. Fans who want to stream All Out can catch it on B/R Live for the same price. For fans in international markets, you'll be able to stream the show on Fite TV. Sporting NewsAEW All Out card, match predictions: CM Punk vs. Darby Allin caps stacked night

We’ve heard versions of Punk’s answers to most of these questions by now, but his comfort talking to Renee makes this one a fun listen anyway. She’s also able to get just a little more out of him amidst the bants.

Take this exchange during the obligatory “who do you want to work with in AEW?” discussion:

Punk: I want to wrestle Jon. I’ve never wrestled Jon Moxley.

Renee: You have not.

Punk: I want to wrestle Young Bucks. I have to find the right tag partner for that.

Renee: Who would you want to tag with?

Punk: I mean, if we’re fantasy booking...

Renee: We’re fantasy booking.

Punk: When’s this come out?

Renee: Saturday.

Punk: Saturday, uh, okay [both laugh, more like cackle actually]

Renee: I mean, are we just giving away spoilers here?

Punk: I don’t think it’s necessarily giving away spoilers. It’s me putting my booker hat on, of all the possibilities, I would do CM Punk & The American Dragon [Bryan Danielson] vs. The Young Bucks. [Renee makes an extended croaking sound] How do you not? It’s so obvious that’s what you do.

Later on, Paquette asks if he got in any trouble for his YES chant tease on the Aug. 25 Dynamite. Punk says no one said anything to him about it all.

Rumor has it the former Daniel Bryan will debut at All Out tomorrow night (Sept. 5) in Chicagoland, and the “when does this come out” part sure sounds like confirmation to me. Does it mean Tony Khan will greenlight Punk & Danielson vs. The Bucks at some point in the future?

If he does, I’m gonna make that same croaking sound Renee does.

Give the entire Punk/Paquette convo on Oral Sessions a listen here.

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AEW All Out 2021: 10 Things That Must Happen

WhatCulture 05 September, 2021 - 12:20am

Sunday will see All Elite Wrestling return to the Chicago area for its annual All Out pay-per-view. The card is stacked with huge matches and big names, and there are sure to be a few surprises along the way. 

Here is a look at the final card for the show:

Let's see how the Bleacher Report staff writers think everything will go down. Here's our lineup of contributors:

The only way QT Marshall wins this one believably is if AEW values the Gunn Club heel turn from Wednesday night more than it does Paul Wight winning his debut match with the company. The turn came from out of nowhere, so the likelihood that AEW officials think Billy and his sons are more important to the long-term goals of the company than creating a moment with Wight is low. With that said, we have seen stranger things before, especially if Tony Khan is impressed enough by Colton and Austin Gunn to push them in the tag division. 

                                  

CM Punk made it a point to mention in his first promo in seven years that he is in AEW to help a locker room full of passionate young wrestlers, and while putting over Darby Allin in such a high-profile match would support that idea, as a fan, I want to see Punk win. He has been gone for so long that anything less than a victory would feel like a major disappointment. There are ways to get there in which Allin benefits but this really should be an exclamation point on what has been a magical comeback for one of wrestling's most beloved stars.

                              

The Joker spot will see the AEW debut of Ruby Soho. One of the many underutilized stars finding rejuvenated careers outside the confines of WWE, she will emphatically announce to the world that she is a top women's star ready to make the impact she was denied elsewhere. If it's not Soho, keep an eye on indie standout Trish Adora, who is an excellent wrestler with a bright future ahead of her.

Sometimes, the simplest route is the best one. They have a solid match with lots of back-and-forth action where Kris Statlander scores a few close near-falls. Eventually, with some help from a distraction by either Rebel or Jamie Hayter, she slips up and Britt Baker capitalizes with a quick pin or can turn that into her submission. That way, Baker retains, but she might not have done without some slight cheating.

                                    

If Allin wins, it becomes one of his career highlights, but fans will want to see Punk victorious after such a long stretch away. At the risk of people booing Allin and turning on him like fans so often do when an underdog starts winning, he should put up a good fight but eat a GTS and take the pinfall before they shake hands. The more complicated it is, the more susceptible it becomes to fans picking it apart.

                                 

Ruby Soho. She's posted too many teasers ahead of this, with one of them saying her next destination was seven letters long, which fits Chicago. AEW could use someone with her experience and name value in its women's division. She'd make for the best winner, too, to skip right to the top of the title hunt and provide the biggest marquee match for Baker with the least amount of effort.

Everyone else such as Tay Conti and Big Swole can rise the rankings through win-loss records with victories on Dynamite, Rampage and Dark episodes to get future title shots.

For older fans, this storyline should unfurl in a similar fashion to the retirement match between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior. With Jericho scheduled to tour with Fozzy this fall and his annual cruise taking place in October, MJF should earn the win and send the veteran packing for several months. When Jericho returns, he can stay on commentary until he finds a loophole and returns to the active roster.

                                

Instead of handing Punk a loss, I think the best course of action would be booking AEW's first pay-per-view non-finish. Allin and Punk should fight until it looks like a finish is about to take place, only for Daniel Garcia and 2.0 to ruin the match and beat them both down. While fans would likely complain about this outcome, Bryan Danielson debuting to save Allin and Punk would erase all concerns and let Allin leave without another loss on his record.

                                 

With so much female talent and only one other women's match on the card, this bout should be more heavily featured. In terms of the Joker, Ruby Soho has been crushing social media with her promo videos and should be the main focus of the match once she makes her debut.

As for the eventual winner, Thunder Rosa should walk away victorious and reignite her feud with Britt Baker for the AEW Women's Championship.

Similar to Miro's title defense against Lance Archer from Double or Nothing, this should be a hoss fight. There isn't much storyline build behind this match, but both guys are very good brawlers, so that's what this should be booked as, especially to help it stand out from everything else on the show. It should be fun no matter what.

                        

Punk taking on pretty much anyone on the AEW roster would be exciting at this point, but the person I'm most interested in seeing him feud with before long is MJF. The matches should be solid, but the promos will be even better. An unfiltered CM Punk against MJF on the mic and the verbal jabs they could throw at each other would be legendary, and this needs to happen sooner rather than later.

                            

Soho is the obvious answer and the only answer I will accept. In all seriousness, there are a few other people who would be cool in the spot such as Mercedes Martinez, who should be clear of her WWE contract by then, or a big name we're not thinking about. But Soho would get a great pop to kick off her expected stint in AEW.

As for who will win the whole thing, Tay Conti is my guess because she's over and makes the most sense out of everyone involved.

I think they have to do more than have a "solid" match. The Elite and Jurassic Express have to get involved. They need some new/innovative spots and a compelling story to make us believe that somehow Christian has ANY chance to win the AEW title. Maybe even Daniel Bryan interfering? Who knows?

                                

CM Punk hasn't wrestled in seven years. The last appearance he had in a wrestling ring was against Stephen Amell. His last two combat sports appearances were two decisive losses where MMA fighters dominated him. He should be rusty and maybe a tad overconfident as the hometown hero.

Darby's win would place doubt in the fantasy comeback. Has the clock struck 12 already? Or is this just another misstep for an even greater comeback?  Plus if we're putting over young talent, how does a loss help Darby?

                              

Soho for sure. AEW has got to unload the clip and truly showcase the women's division. It was a travesty to move this match to the Buy-In. Now that's it's on the main card? Go all-in for real.

I have Soho or Jade Cargill winning the entire thing. Soho for the buzz, and Cargill because she's the most fascinating female wrestler not named Britt Baker on the roster. Cargill should be the champ within the next year and booked as an indomitable force.

While Satoshi Kojima has a reputation among fans of Japanese wrestling, he isn't well-known to the general audience. This match needs to showcase his signature style while also being a competitive brawl between two warriors. In the end, Jon Moxley should be the one having his hand raised. 

                                

As a fan, I just want to see Punk win a competitive fight. Allin should take him to the limit and use his unique risk-taking style to catch him off guard, but the hometown hero needs to come out on top. After it's over, they should shake hands so both men can move on to their next rivalry.  

                                   

Soho is the obvious answer for the Joker spot, but if it isn't her, I would love to see Mercedes Martinez get that place. As far as the winner is concerned, Thunder Rosa or Jade Cargill are the best options. Tay Conti is a dark-horse pick who could surprise a lot of people on Sunday. 

This match has to focus on the history between the teams. Let them sell their familiarity with each other. Both teams can frequently counter each other. It would continue to escalate until they need to pull out fresh moves to get an edge as well as using the steel cage for big spots.

                             

Punk has built himself up as someone who can elevate the next generation of wrestlers. There is perhaps no better star for The Best in the World to help next than Ricky Starks. The charismatic 27-year-old is on the precipice of greatness, and he can elevate his work on the mic and in the ring with Punk.

                                 

I firmly believe the Joker will be Soho. She was rumored to have signed with AEW not long after her June release from WWE. She is one of the best women's wrestlers on the market, and this would be a huge moment to sell her as a top star.

She could win, but it may be smart to wait on pushing her into the title scene. Conti seems like an ideal pick to get that shot. She has been built up recently on Dynamite and is very popular. It would be great while playing stop-gap to the next Baker vs. Thunder Rosa match.

All respondents' predictions are represented by their initials next to their choices. These picks were made before Wednesday, so the 10-man tag match during the Buy-In is not included.

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Note On The T-Shirt Worn By CM Punk On AEW Rampage

Wrestling Inc. 05 September, 2021 - 12:20am

AEW star CM Punk joined the commentary booth during the main event of this week’s AEW Rampage between Darby Allin and Daniel Garcia.

Several fans on social media pointed out that Punk was wearing a Bret Hart Montreal Screwjob t-shirt, which is officially licensed by WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart, and can be purchased here.

As seen in the photo below, the back of the shirt quotes French painter Georges Braque, who once said: “Art is a wound turned into light.” The quote is placed alongside the text “11.9 97 MTL” to signify the date and location of Survivor Series 1997. The front of the shirt has Bret Hart’s initials and a heart symbol.

Punk was seen wearing the same shirt during several media appearances last week, to promote Heels.

Another clip that trended on Twitter after Rampage was of a fan offering Punk a glass of beer. Punk, known for his straight edge lifestyle, turned down the drink and gave the fan a perplexed look.

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CM Punk sings the Golden Girls theme song on his AEW Dark debut

SEScoops 04 September, 2021 - 10:00pm

Fresh off Jurassic Express’ victory in the main event, CM Punk’s music hit. Excalibur stiffed Punk on a handshake, because the masked man lacked peripheral vision. Taz was not buying that excuse while busting chops.

Once in the ring, Punk was tasked with sending the crowd home happy. Naturally, he broke out in tune to Jungle Boy’s theme song. Punk praised the crowd for being so into the shows, teased a match with Jungle Boy, and thanked the fans for being friends by singing the Golden Girls theme song. Jungle Boy was too young to know the lyrics.

Punk’s parting message was that AEW values feedback from fans. Cheer, boo, have fun, make it a party. For those that hate-watch, Punk is not interested in that negativity. Those people can shut up. Punk added an expletive, to which the crowd chanted.

Let’s blitz through the results and promos from Dark. Watch the show here.

Excalibur, Taz, and Ricky Starks handled commentary. Justin Roberts was in charge of introductions.

2point0 defeated Rosario Grillo & Hunter Knott. A double-team slingshot into the ropes did the trick. Afterward, Daniel Garcia cinched in a rear naked choke on Grillo just because.

Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose want us to not act surprised when history repeats and the Native Beast wins the Casino Battle Royale again.

Wheeler Yuta defeated Baron Black. Yuta utilized a fancy pants roll-up to match his fancy pants.

Julia Hart defeated Heather Reckless. Hart may have injured her knee during the contest. She still won via a running splits bulldog.

Dark aired the full press conference for Jon Moxley and Satoshi Kojima that partially aired on Rampage. The full segment was much better than only the clip. Moxley is big game hunting in NJPW and put over Kojima as a worthy victim. Moxley wondered what kind of death wish Kojima desires for choosing to sign the contract. Once the bell rings, Moxley won’t think twice about ending Kojima. As for Kojima’s response, he stated that he will kick Moxley’s ass. Mox perked up, pushed the table over, and pie-faced Kojima leading to fisticuffs. Just like that, I’m 100% sold on seeing the fight.

Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill attacked Julia Hart to injure her knee with a chair.

Hikaru Shida defeated Missa Kate. The former champ put her opponent away with a Falcon Arrow slam.

Red Velvet defeated Skye Blue. Velvet withstood a rally to connect on the Final Slice finisher.

The Final Slice gets the win for @Thee_Red_Velvet against a very game @Skyebyee on a special Saturday #AEWDark - Watch NOW: https://t.co/ljLGbpUlno pic.twitter.com/nxzyldKBOS

Bunny and Penelope Ford have each other’s backs in the Casino Battle Royale. One of them is winning, and there is nothing anybody can do to stop that. They don’t care whose face has to be ripped off or whose eyes have to be gouged out.

Tony Khan offered Sky Blue a spot in the Casino Battle Royale as an injury replacement for Hart.

Shawn Spears & Wardlow defeated Brandon Gore & JDX. Tully Blanchard was physical on the floor with a running knee to the gut. Wardlow smashed a pair of powerbombs. He hit a third powerbomb dropping JDX onto Gore. After Wardlow’s hanging corner knee KO, he dragged the limp body over for Spears to pick up the pin. Spears added insult to injury by grinding his forearm into the poor schlub’s face.

John Silver & 10 defeated Zachariah & Ren Jones. Silver executed a strongman double stack Samoan drop.

The POWER of @SilverNumber1 on full display on #AEWDark! Watch NOW: https://t.co/ljLGbpCJYO pic.twitter.com/GKXgvyVNXD

10 wrapped it up with the full nelson submission.

Penelope Ford defeated Queen Aminata. A flexible Muta Lock submission earned the win.

Jade Cargill was flanked by Mark Stirling. The other women may think they can get lucky and win the Casino Battle Royale. However, the house always wins, and this house belongs to that bitch.

Frankie Kazarian defeated Dean Alexander. Kaz picked up steam to close with the crossface chickenwing submission.

Jade Cargill defeated Blair Onyx. Spinebuster, pump kick, Glam Slam.

Thunder Rosa was livid about the attack from Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill earlier in the week. She has held multiple championships all over the world. She will kick their asses and become the #1 contender. Dr. Britt Baker DMD can no longer dodge her.

.@thunderrosa22 is NOT intimidated after @NylaRoseBeast & @Jade_Cargill attacked her on Dynamite. Rosa is determined to win the Casino Battle Royale tomorrow at #AEWAllOut and become the #1 contender for the #AEW Women’s World Championship. pic.twitter.com/PksYvluAqN

Jurassic Express defeated Chaos Project. Luchasaurus cleaned house on the hot tag. A double-team powerbomb finished Serpentico.

For the watch list, I assume you already viewed the Punk closing by the time you reached this point in the recap. The Moxley press conference is double thumbs up. All the promos were interesting. Most of the men’s matches involved the stars hitting cool moves en route to victory. Most of the women’s matches were more active providing valuable experience.

Share your thoughts on Dark. Which performances stood out to you?

CM Punk sings the Golden Girls theme song on his AEW Dark debut

Cageside Seats 04 September, 2021 - 10:00pm

Fresh off Jurassic Express’ victory in the main event, CM Punk’s music hit. Excalibur stiffed Punk on a handshake, because the masked man lacked peripheral vision. Taz was not buying that excuse while busting chops.

Once in the ring, Punk was tasked with sending the crowd home happy. Naturally, he broke out in tune to Jungle Boy’s theme song. Punk praised the crowd for being so into the shows, teased a match with Jungle Boy, and thanked the fans for being friends by singing the Golden Girls theme song. Jungle Boy was too young to know the lyrics.

Punk’s parting message was that AEW values feedback from fans. Cheer, boo, have fun, make it a party. For those that hate-watch, Punk is not interested in that negativity. Those people can shut up. Punk added an expletive, to which the crowd chanted.

Let’s blitz through the results and promos from Dark. Watch the show here.

Excalibur, Taz, and Ricky Starks handled commentary. Justin Roberts was in charge of introductions.

2point0 defeated Rosario Grillo & Hunter Knott. A double-team slingshot into the ropes did the trick. Afterward, Daniel Garcia cinched in a rear naked choke on Grillo just because.

Vickie Guerrero and Nyla Rose want us to not act surprised when history repeats and the Native Beast wins the Casino Battle Royale again.

Wheeler Yuta defeated Baron Black. Yuta utilized a fancy pants roll-up to match his fancy pants.

Julia Hart defeated Heather Reckless. Hart may have injured her knee during the contest. She still won via a running splits bulldog.

Dark aired the full press conference for Jon Moxley and Satoshi Kojima that partially aired on Rampage. The full segment was much better than only the clip. Moxley is big game hunting in NJPW and put over Kojima as a worthy victim. Moxley wondered what kind of death wish Kojima desires for choosing to sign the contract. Once the bell rings, Moxley won’t think twice about ending Kojima. As for Kojima’s response, he stated that he will kick Moxley’s ass. Mox perked up, pushed the table over, and pie-faced Kojima leading to fisticuffs. Just like that, I’m 100% sold on seeing the fight.

Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill attacked Julia Hart to injure her knee with a chair.

Hikaru Shida defeated Missa Kate. The former champ put her opponent away with a Falcon Arrow slam.

Red Velvet defeated Skye Blue. Velvet withstood a rally to connect on the Final Slice finisher.

The Final Slice gets the win for @Thee_Red_Velvet against a very game @Skyebyee on a special Saturday #AEWDark - Watch NOW: https://t.co/ljLGbpUlno pic.twitter.com/nxzyldKBOS

Bunny and Penelope Ford have each other’s backs in the Casino Battle Royale. One of them is winning, and there is nothing anybody can do to stop that. They don’t care whose face has to be ripped off or whose eyes have to be gouged out.

Tony Khan offered Sky Blue a spot in the Casino Battle Royale as an injury replacement for Hart.

Shawn Spears & Wardlow defeated Brandon Gore & JDX. Tully Blanchard was physical on the floor with a running knee to the gut. Wardlow smashed a pair of powerbombs. He hit a third powerbomb dropping JDX onto Gore. After Wardlow’s hanging corner knee KO, he dragged the limp body over for Spears to pick up the pin. Spears added insult to injury by grinding his forearm into the poor schlub’s face.

John Silver & 10 defeated Zachariah & Ren Jones. Silver executed a strongman double stack Samoan drop.

The POWER of @SilverNumber1 on full display on #AEWDark! Watch NOW: https://t.co/ljLGbpCJYO pic.twitter.com/GKXgvyVNXD

10 wrapped it up with the full nelson submission.

Penelope Ford defeated Queen Aminata. A flexible Muta Lock submission earned the win.

Jade Cargill was flanked by Mark Stirling. The other women may think they can get lucky and win the Casino Battle Royale. However, the house always wins, and this house belongs to that bitch.

Frankie Kazarian defeated Dean Alexander. Kaz picked up steam to close with the crossface chickenwing submission.

Jade Cargill defeated Blair Onyx. Spinebuster, pump kick, Glam Slam.

Thunder Rosa was livid about the attack from Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill earlier in the week. She has held multiple championships all over the world. She will kick their asses and become the #1 contender. Dr. Britt Baker DMD can no longer dodge her.

.@thunderrosa22 is NOT intimidated after @NylaRoseBeast & @Jade_Cargill attacked her on Dynamite. Rosa is determined to win the Casino Battle Royale tomorrow at #AEWAllOut and become the #1 contender for the #AEW Women’s World Championship. pic.twitter.com/PksYvluAqN

Jurassic Express defeated Chaos Project. Luchasaurus cleaned house on the hot tag. A double-team powerbomb finished Serpentico.

For the watch list, I assume you already viewed the Punk closing by the time you reached this point in the recap. The Moxley press conference is double thumbs up. All the promos were interesting. Most of the men’s matches involved the stars hitting cool moves en route to victory. Most of the women’s matches were more active providing valuable experience.

Share your thoughts on Dark. Which performances stood out to you?

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