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All Elite Wrestling interim world champion Jon Moxley defeated AEW world champion CM Punk within an AEW World Championship unification match on Wednesday night’s bout of Dynamite to officially end up being the first-ever two-time AEW world champion.
Punk hit Moxley with a roundhouse kick early, but he seemed to re-injure his left foot while doing this.
That opened the entranceway for Moxley to dominate Punk in this match. He finished him off with a Paradigm Shift for the win and the belt:
Moxley celebrated the victory in the crowd, while Punk needed to be helped to the trunk.
The road to the unification bout began soon after Punk beat “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW world title at Double or Nothing in-may. Punk suffered a personal injury either during or time following the match, forcing him to take the time off.
Five days after Double or Nothing, Punk announced he was going on the shelf, but he noted that AEW president Tony Khan wouldn’t normally allow him to vacate the AEW World Championship. Instead, an interim champion will be determined.
On a subsequent bout of Dynamite, a battle royal happened, with the winner going to face Moxley in the primary event. Kyle O’Reilly was victorious in the battle royal, but he fell to Mox.
Then, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Hirooki Goto faced one another in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and the winner would then clash with Moxley at Forbidden Door for the AEW interim world title.
Tanahashi defeated Goto and gave Mox a run for his money at Forbidden Door, nonetheless it was Moxley who prevailed and added an interim AEW world title to a resume that already included holding the AEW World Championship.
On the Aug. 10 bout of Dynamite, Moxley put the interim title at risk against Chris Jericho, who was simply the wrestler he defeated to win the AEW World Championship in 2020.
After Moxley retained, the Jericho Appreciation Society attacked him, which resulted in Punk making his anticipated return by fending off Jericho and his goons.
Punk and Moxley are two of the most famous wrestlers in AEW and pro wrestling all together, meaning the fanbase was somewhat torn on who to aid before their clash.
Regardless, there is palpable excitement since Punk is arguably the facial skin of AEW, and there is undoubtedly something missing from the merchandise while he was gone.
Punk’s status as AEW’s top guy took popular on Dynamite, however, as Moxley scored the victory and officially signaled the start of his second reign because the undisputed AEW world champion.
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