Over the past few months, CM Punk and Thunder Rosa have both suffered injuries during their reigns as AEW World Champion and Women’s World Champion, respectively. But while Punk announced his injury in the ring on ‘AEW Rampage’ receiving around eight minutes to cut an in-person promo, Rosa had less than a minute in a backstage interview with Tony Schiavone on an episode of ‘AEW Dynamite’. ”. When asked about the disparity, AEW CEO Tony Khan was candid about the time difference between Punk and Rosa when announcing their injuries.
“I give TV time based on what I think will get the most viewership,” Khan said on the All Out 2022 media call. “If you want my honest opinion on a Thunder promo Eight-minute Rosa against an eight-minute CM Punk promo, so you’re going to get an honest answer, and I think the eight-minute CM Punk promo is probably going to do the trick. a better rating… Going out and doing an eight-minute live promo, I’m not sure that would have been good for the TV show, to be honest with you.”
Punk was absent from the following Friday Double or Nothing 2022 until the August 24 edition of “Dynamite.” He has since returned from his injury and entered a title unification match against interim champion Jon Moxley, losing to Moxley in just three minutes after two Death Riders. This Sunday at All Out, AEW will crown an interim Women’s World Champion in a fatal four-way match between Jamie Hayter, Toni Storm and former Women’s World Champions Britt Baker and Hikaru Shida.
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