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CM Punk at Starrcast III
Chicago’s very own CM Punk will headline Starrcast III. First announced by Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, Punk will do a one-on-one interview at Starrcast. He will also be participating in an autograph session. Punk will be the headliner on Saturday, August 31st – the same day as AEW’s All Out.
He’s straight edge. He’s controversial. He’s a former Heavyweight Champion. He’s “The Best in the World” & he’ll have a live mic at Starrcast!#Starrcast is honored to welcome CM Punk to Chicago, Labor Day weekend!
— #Starrcast (@StarrcastEvents) July 18, 2019
In the interview with Barrasso, Punk mentions Starrcast being a great venue for meeting fans: “Knowing the weekend will be attracting fans from all over the world for AEW, and since I normally only do one signing a year, it’s a great way to maybe meet people that normally I wouldn’t get the chance to otherwise.” Punk has been retired since 2014, but supposedly made an independent appearance earlier this year under a mask.
New WWE Network Special Announced
Another WWE Network special is coming around at the end of the month (h/t CagesideSeats). The show is called Smackville and will air live from Nashville, Tennessee. It will air on the WWE Network on Saturday, July 27th at 9 Eastern. Announced for the card includes:
- WWE Championship Match: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Samoa Joe vs Dolph Ziggler
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs Finn Balor
- An Elias musical performance
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AEW Signs Tully Blanchard
An original Four Horseman has signed with All Elite Wrestling. Tully Blanchard has been signed by the company to be an “advisor” to Shawn Spears. This comes on the heels of the first episode of Road to All Out. On the show, Spears introduced Blanchard as his advisor. The full episode is here:
AEW released a statement saying Blanchard has “entered a multi-show deal with Spears and AEW”. Blanchard makes an ideal advisor for Spears in his feud with Cody. There is a history of bad blood between Cody’s father, the late Dusty Rhodes, and Blanchard’s Four Horsemen.