MJF vs. Samoa Joe Was Planned Before CM Punk's AEW Exit

The CM Punk situation changed a lot of plans in AEW, but not one major program.

CM Punk’s fight with Jack Perry and subsequent termination surrounded a CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe match for the Real World’s Championship. Fightful Select reported that the original plans for Punk involved Ricky Starks for the AEW Real Worlds Championship.

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However, Samoa Joe’s plans were already in place as well. We’re told that despite CM Punk still having the Real World’s Championship, there were not immediate plans for an MJF/Punk program. Instead, Samoa Joe had previously been planned to feud with MJF as is the case on television now.

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