CM Punk put himself back on back on top and MJF showed up during a long, but mostly fulfilling Double or Nothing.
All Elite Wrestling has its fifth world champion after Punk defeated “Hangman” Adam Page in the main event at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday night. Maxwell Jacob Friedman, after no-showing an AEW meet-and-great and doubts over whether his match would go on as scheduled, took his beating from Wardlow in the opener and finished making him a star in the process.
AEW president Tony Khan refused to comment during the post-show media scrum on what happened to MJF this weekend, but did say the five-hour, 13-match show was formatted that way to give AEW as a chance to get some late pay-per -view buys after Heat-Celtics Game 7 ended. The show did the most buys ever for this particular pay-per-view, according to Khan so something worked despite the show dragging a bit for the TV audience.
Here are six takeaways from a jam-packed Double or Nothing that provided excellent in-ring action with a few questionable booking decisions:
Summer of Punk III
Let the third Summer of Punk begin – thanks to a conflicted former champion. , Who truly has one of the most incredible overall wrestling storylines, had a chance to put Punk away by hitting him with the AEW championship belt after the ref had been accidentally knocked out. He chose otherwise – and it cost him. Instead he tried to hit Punk with a Buckshot Lariat but his “injured” knee buckled and it opened the door for the challenger to connect on the decisive GTS. The match clearly put Punk more in the babyface slot taking most of the damage and pulling off two really dramatic near falls. Punk, who became Ring of Honor and WWE champ heading into summers, got really emotional holding his first world championship since 2013 and AEW is officially his company to drive now.