Professional wrestling is no stranger to unexpected twists and turns, both inside and outside the ring. The recent suspension of CM Punk, a stalwart of the wrestling community, has sent shockwaves throughout the AEW universe, leading to a significant reshuffling of plans for the much-anticipated AEW ALL OUT event.
Ricky Starks, a rising star in the AEW roster, is now poised to make a significant impact on the upcoming AEW Collision episode.
This was confirmed by none other than AEW President Tony Khan. Starks, despite being under a 28-day storyline suspension due to his actions on the August 5 AEW Collision episode, is set to challenge wrestling legend Ricky Steamboat to a Strap Match at the forthcoming All Out pay-per-view.
This decision came after Starks believed Steamboat had cost him a match against CM Punk, leading to a heated confrontation between the two.
Ricky Starks: New Role in AEW
Interestingly, Starks hasn’t been entirely absent from the AEW scene during his suspension. He’s taken on a managerial role, claiming to possess a manager’s license, which has allowed him to oversee other talents.
This new role saw him accompany Big Bill to the ring for a match against Vary Morales. Starks didn’t miss the opportunity to verbally target Steamboat in a post-match promo, further intensifying their rivalry.
The Original Plan for CM Punk and Ricky Starks
Before the suspension saga, Starks was anticipated to face CM Punk at the All Out pay-per-view, potentially even headlining the event, especially considering Punk’s strong connection to Chicago.
However, an alleged altercation between Punk and Jack Perry at All In led to the suspension of both wrestlers.
This suspension seemed to be well-timed for Starks, as his reinstatement is set for September 3rd, perfectly aligning with the date of All Out.
What’s Next for AEW Collision?
While the status of Punk’s suspension and his potential appearance at All Out remains a mystery, Starks’ upcoming appearance on Collision adds an exciting dimension to the ongoing storyline.
The upcoming AEW Collision episode promises more thrilling encounters, including matches featuring the Outcasts vs. Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander, Dax Harwood vs. Jay White, and an AEW Trios Titles match with The Acclaimed facing off against Daddy Magic, Cool Hand Ang, & Daniel Garcia.
As the wrestling community waits with bated breath, one thing is clear: AEW Collision is set to deliver some unforgettable moments. The suspension of CM Punk, while unfortunate, has paved the way for other talents like Ricky Starks to shine and showcase their prowess in the squared circle.
The question on everyone’s mind now is: Is this the best alternative for Ricky Starks while CM Punk serves his suspension? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure – the world of AEW is buzzing with anticipation.