WWE SmackDown Superstar Trains With CM Punk and Malakai Black Before AEW Dynamite

Published 08/26/2021, 2:10 AM EDT


AEW superstars CM Punk and Malakai Black, formerly known as Aleister Black in WWE, were found training with Zelina Vega at the Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee earlier today.

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Zelina Vega is married to Malakai and currently competes on the SmackDown brand under Vince McMahon’s company; however, her presence amongst two top performers of AEW has become a point of discussion for wrestling fans.

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The three wrestlers were training with Duke Roufus, who owns the Roufusport MMA Academy in Wisconsin.

Vega recently returned to the SmackDown after she was fired by WWE last year and has been featured regularly on the show alongside Carmella, Sasha Banks, and Bianca Belair.

However, her current run looks underwhelming since the wrestler has proven in past with her in-ring abilities. Seeing AEW’s hiring spree, we might see Vega joining the likes of her husband and become ‘All Elite’.

CM Punk is getting ready for Darby Allin

On his debut, Punk wasted little time before announcing his first opponent in AEW – Darby Allin. Punk called out Allin for a match at AEW All Out pay-per-view on September 5th.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk and Mark Henry battle during their WWE match at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

On tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite, praised Darby Allin in strange fashion. He admitted that if he was a 15-year-old, Allin would have been his favorite wrestler.

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His training at the MMA center clearly indicates how seriously he is taking his fight with Allin because he would not want to appear weak and rusty.

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The wrestling fans are eagerly waiting for eventually, seeing CM Punk wrestle after seven long years.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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