CM Punk’s run as AEW world champion has hit an early bump in the road.
Just five days after becoming champion, the 43-year-old Punk announced on Friday night’s episode of Rampage that he’s suffered an injury that will require surgery.
Punk is not relinquishing the AEW world championship, but an interim champion will be crowned in his absence.
Punk described the injury as being a broken “wheel.” He promised to return bigger, faster, stronger, and hungrier than ever before.
With tears in his eyes, Punk addressed the crowd on Rampage. He told the fans he had both good and bad news for them.
“The bad news is I’m injured and I need surgery. A couple of things are broken. The biggest one is my heart because I love nothing more than performing for all of you, and I wanted to go on one hell of a run. That’s the bad news,” Punk said.
The good news is, I can still do all that. I told you I was going to go until the wheels fall off. Well, the wheels are still there, they haven’t fallen off.
It’s just that one of them happens to be broken. But I’ve come back from worse. I’ve felt better than I feel today, but I am here to tell you that I’ve also felt a hell of a lot worse.