Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks are back in AEW. The trio, collectively known as The Elite, returned last weekend to the organization they started with AEW full equipment, AEW challenged World Trios Champions Death Triangle for the titles they never lost. The Elite had won the tapes at AEW’s previous pay-per-view, AEW completely off, but were stripped of the championships just three days later due to their involvement in a backstage fight with CM Punk and Ace Steel. This altercation resulted in more than a dozen suspensions, including those who allegedly only tried to break up the fight, and launched a third-party investigation into the matter that forced all parties involved to stay off AEW television as proceedings progressed.
When the vignettes for The Elite’s return aired about a month ago, it marked the conclusion of the investigation that cleared Omega and the Bucks to resume wrestling again. That said, reports of an “us versus them” backstage fight outcome circulated for weeks before the investigation concluded, and since The Elite would be the ones returning to AEW, many assumed Punk won’t be back in the company. Adding fuel to that fire is the fact that Steel, who allegedly bit Omega during the altercation, was released from AEW weeks ago.
The trio fanned the flame AEW full equipment, as loud “F–k CM Punk” chants echoed through the Prudential Center during The Elite’s fight with Death Triangle. Not only were these chants caught on the pay-per-view broadcast, but they were specifically spotlighted on Being The Elite last Monday.
As Omega and the Bucks approach their first televised AEW appearance this Wednesday, they venture into enemy territory. Wednesday AEW dynamite originates from the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, the vibrant birthplace of Punk. The Bucks know they are about to swim in choppy waters as the decorated tag team referenced the upcoming show in their Twitter bio.
“Chicago,” reads @youngbucks’ Twitter bio. “This is going to be interesting.”
Like Bret Hart in Montreal or “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in Portland, CM Punk is typically cherished as a conquering hero in his hometown, regardless of whether he was a babyface or a heel at the time. That said, September AEW completely off also took place in Chi-Town, and the returning MJF, Punk’s most famous AEW rival, received thunderous applause as he confronted the Second City Saint.
The Elite take on Death Triangle this Wednesday in their second match of an ongoing best-of-seven series AEW dynamite.