Bryan Danielson was an integral part of the process that saw CM Punk leave AEW.
On September 2nd it was announced that CM Punk had been fired by AEW following a backstage incident at All In on August 27th. While little is known about the intricacies of the process that saw Punk leave AEW, more details about how his termination was finalised have come to light.
As reported by Fightful Select, Punk’s fate was decided by a hastily assembled three-person disciplinary committee. While there were rumours that Chief Legal Officer Megha Parekh was involved, she’d actually stepped back from her duties before the committee was convened.
The report adds that AEW General Counsel Chris Peck, who has assumed many of Parekh’s duties was on the panel along with an outside attorney and Bryan Danielson. The American Dragon is said to have effectively headed up the committee with one source describing him as an “appropriate moral compass who exemplifies objectivity.”
It’s believed that Danielson addressed the roster regarding Punk, describing the decision to let him go as a difficult one. The star cited his long-standing friendship with the star and the positives he brought to the company but admitted the decision had to be made.
Danielson’s post on social media ahead of Punk’s return to Raw is believed to be what he also said to the AEW locker room. The veteran stated:
“My dad always told me, “The right thing is often the hardest thing to do. It won’t always make the most money. It won’t always be the most popular. But it’s still the right thing.”
Fightful notes they weren’t given any indication about the committee’s decision-making process, although Punk reportedly knows that Danielson was involved.
Danielson remains involved with disciplinary issues in AEW, handing out fines when required.
CM Punk Set For Showdown With Roman Reigns
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The report adds there’s “reason to believe” Rollins vs. Punk could main event night one of WrestleMania 40.
Punk has an extensive history with both Rollins and Reigns, stemming back to the creation of The Shield.