Update regarding plans for the first episode of AEW’s new show Collision amidst CM Punk uncertainty

As previously noted, AEW officially confirmed the new weekly Collision show for Saturday nights but there was no mention of CM Punk despite rumors of him being the show’s focal point. In addition to that, a location for the show won’t be officially announced until May 24th.

In regards to the first show’s location, Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com reported that the plan was always for it to take place at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Johnson wrote the following about the situation…

“If the company and CM Punk get everything back on track, that’s still the plan. If not, they will look to have the first episode elsewhere. With only three weeks to fill a venue as of Wednesday, my guess is they would not chance having it in Chicago without Punk, because everyone will expect him to appear and assume the entire situation is some sort of work (which as of this week, it was not) so perhaps Jacksonville, Florida at Daily’s Place could (and this is SPECULATION on my part) make the most sense.”

Johnson added that AEW and Punk have spoke since the announcement was made but there’s no update regarding where things stand between the two sides. Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com confirmed that Daily’s Place is a backup plan.

In regards to Warner Brothers Discovery stating on Tuesday that Punk is not affiliated with Collision, Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com noted the following…

“Those in WBD were saying that making that statement was a mistake and they should have left it alone and let the story play out. Later in the day, internally at WBD, they were saying that they hoped, like the previous Punk blow-ups they were aware of, that it would resolve itself this week.”