One way to know you’ve made it these times is if you find yourself at the San Diego Comic-Con. Established in 1970, the comic book convention has grown to be arguably the largest of its kind, expanding beyond comic books to include other aspects of pop culture, such as pro wrestling. WWE has long had an existence at Comic-Con, and this year will be AEW’s time to shine in San Diego.
AEW will have their own panel at the San Diego Comic-Con upcoming month, called AEW: Heroes & Villains, according to a press release issued by Warner Brothers Discovery on Monday. TNets will also make a second presentation of AEW, which was defined in the press statement as a ringside view of the promotion.
Five AEW stars will appear on the AEW: Heroes & Villains panel, including AEW World Champion CM Punk, TBS Champion Jade Cargill, Darby Allin, Orange Cassidy, as well as Bryan Danielson. According to the press release, the panel, which will be hosted by AEW play-by-play announcer Excalibur, will delve into the heroes, villains, and championship quests as seen through the eyes of the biggest names in wrestling.
Punk’s first AEW appearance
As of now, this will be Punk’s first AEW appearance of any kind since the AEW World Champion was forced out of action earlier this month due to an injury. The AEW celebrity and actor is no newcomer to the San Diego Comic-Con; after winning the WWE Championship at WWE Money in the Bank in 2011, Punk crashed WWE’s Comic-Con panel, engaging in a short conversation with Triple H.
The San Diego Comic-Con will be held from July 21 to July 24, coinciding with Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor event. The presence of AEW at the San Diego Comic-Con is another positive sign for their relationship with Warner Brothers Discovery; in addition to the appearance, AEW is expected to have a strong presence during Shark Week, which will take place the same week as the Comic-Con.
During his sentimental address to fans on last Friday’s Rampage, Punk mentioned a couple of points being broken, the most important of which was his heart, but he didn’t specify the nature of his injury. Following that, Tony Khan discussed Punk’s damage on Wednesday, saying that Punk was being handled by “one of the best surgeons in the world” and “someone really famed in sports medicine,” but he didn’t include any extra information on the injury diagnosis.