On September 20, AEW announced a partnership with the Owen Hart Foundation to carry on his legacy.
As part of the deal, AEW will hold the Owen Hart Memorial Cup tournament with the winner receiving “The Owen.”
"I knew about it beforehand, but it still hit me like a truck when I read the press release just because I think it's such a staggering and monumental bridge. I think it goes a long way to show and prove that Martha always wanted Owen's memory to be revered and his legacy preserved. It just couldn't be at WWE and if you really look at it, it makes a lot of sense. Now, the fans can embrace Owen again, like they've always wanted to, Martha can embrace the fans and support Owen's legacy, like she's always wanted to. There just wasn't an outlet or a place to do it before. Now there is. It got me emotional reading the press release. I was like, 'Wow.' This is pretty special. Just as a wrestling fan," he said.
When asked about competing in the Owen Cup and challenging for the AEW World Championship, Punk replied, "Why not do both? I'm not sure how the tournament is going to go, but I'm for sure throwing my name in that hat. I want to be in that tournament, 100%. I don't know if it's just going to be for the younger, not so on the map high-fliers, I'm not sure how that's going to go. We're getting there. The AEW Title is definitely something I want. I look at my career as being, I haven't wrestled for seven years, I can't come in and challenge for a world title right away. I look at the situation with Bryan Danielson coming in and wrestling Kenny Omega in his first match, but it wasn't for the title. When I wrestle Kenny Omega, it's gonna be for the title and I'm not going to need 30 minutes to beat him."
Punk is currently undefeated in AEW and is coming off a victory over Daniel Garcia on AEW Rampage.
It is unknown when the Owen Hart Cup Tournament will begin.
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