CM Punk’s Contract Terminated by AEW After Backstage Confrontation at All In 2023


CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 26: CM Punk in the ring during AEW Dynamite - Beach Break on January 26, 2022, at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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AEW revealed Friday that it ended the agreement of CM Punk after his participation in a backstage occurrence at All In last weekend in London.

In a declaration, AEW president Tony Khan stated he decided to fire Punk on his own and did so “in the very best interests” of AEW’s skill and personnel:

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Punk, who made his AEW launching in 2021 after more than 7 years out of fumbling, returned from injury in June as the face of AEW’s brand-new weekly Saturday program called Collision.

According to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp and several other reports, Punk and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry were associated with a backstage altercation previous to the start of the primary card at All In, which was held at Wembley Stadium in London in front of over 80,000 fans.

During a match versus Hook on the Zero Hour pre-show, Perry indicated the windscreen of an automobile on the phase and said, “Real glass, sob me a river.”

It was formerly reported by Sapp(h/t Felix Upton of Ringside News) that Punk and Perry had a backstage run-in prior to a current episode of Collision over Perry wishing to utilize genuine glass in a sector.

Despite the backstage problem at All In, Punk opened the pay-per-view versus long time on-screen competing Samoa Joe, beating him to maintain the “genuine” AEW World Championship.

Punk suffered a triceps injury throughout his win over Jon Moxley at AEW All Out in September 2022, which was a match Punk won to end up being a two-time AEW champ.

The injury kept Punk out for numerous months, and when he returned, he reestablished the belt he never ever lost and called it the “genuine” AEW World Championship.

While AEW did not acknowledge it as a main title, Punk safeguarded it several times and made it a focal point of Collision.

Punk’s shooting from AEW comes simply 2 days prior to the All Out pay-per-view will be kept in his home town of Chicago. Saturday’s episode of Collision will likewise originate from the Windy City.

While Punk has actually gotten combined responses over the previous number of months, he is constantly cheered in Chicago, and it is reasonable to question if the fans will voice their annoyance over his termination.

In a possible effort to cut that, AEW revealed that Basketball Hall of Famer and Chicago Bulls legend Dennis Rodman will exist for Collision on Saturday night.

As the 44- year-old Punk leaves AEW, it asks the concern of whether he will end his battling profession or effort to continue in other places.

Punk was formerly under agreement with WWE from 2005 to 2014, and he developed himself as one of the faces of the business, holding world titles on 5 celebrations.

Although Punk did not leave WWE on great terms in 2014, it stands to factor that WWE might possibly have an interest in an entertainer of his quality.

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