CM Punk picked one of his closest friends in AEW to confide in after the backstage fight after the All Out pay-per-view.
The last time CM Punk was seen at an AEW event was the All Out pay-per-view in Chicago on September 4th. After he beat Jon Moxley for the AEW World Title in Chicago (Punk’s hometown), he went on a rant during the post-show press conference that angered a lot of people.
During Punk’s now-infamous All Out rant, he ripped on his former Colt Cabana, the former AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page along with The Elite trio of Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks, who are all Executive Vice Presidents in the company.
After the rant, Punk got into a locker room fight with Omega and both Young Bucks (Nick & Matt Jackson). Punk’s friend and now former AEW Producer Ace Steel threw a chair that gave Nick a black eye while Steel also bit Omega in the arm. Punk was apparently fighting with Matt Jackson even though Punk had a torn triceps, which he had surgery on soon after the match. Steel is now gone from AEW, Punk may be bought out from his contract never to return while The Elite were suspended for nearly two months before they were brought back.
On his new FTR Podcast on Adfreeshows, FTR’s Dax Harwood did an episode talking about CM Punk and revealed what he knew about the fight after All Out.
“All the boys in the locker room were drinking and having a good time, and we were hugging, I have picture of me and Jay Lethal on the ground together just laughing our ass off. I had my wife and daughter there, Cash had his girlfriend. It was such a great time.”
“After our match was over, I shower up, we had a couple of drinks with the guys real quick, grab my girls, and head back to the hotel. I was laying in bed and I got a text from one of the wrestlers that said, ‘is this s**t true?’ I had no idea what he was talking about.”
“Right after that, I got a call from my buddy CM Punk and he told me what happened. I said, ‘You’re lying to me dude. There is no way that happened.’ He was covered in blood from the match.”
“He FaceTimed me, it was that night. He said, ‘I want to let you know, you’re going to hear some things. I want you to hear it from me. This is what happened.’ I said, ‘Dude, are you okay? Do you need anything? I’ll come right now to help you out, get you cleaned.’ ‘No, no, everything is fine, it’s died down, we’re good.’ That’s when I first heard about it.”
As he continued, Harwood spoke about the fight between CM Punk and The Elite while noting that there are some truths about it, but also some partial truths that are exaggerated based on what he knows.
“Obviously, I wasn’t there. Who I perceive to be God is the only person who really knows the truth. Everyone is going to have their own version in their head. We’ve all done it before, we’ve made what we perceive to be the truth. What I’ve heard that is reported, there are elements of truth in it, but then there are also some things that raise a red flag to me. It seems like we’re only getting a portion of the story or what this journalist wants to put out, whether he has a bias or grudge against one of the parties, that’s just how I felt.”
“I also knew that I didn’t know the whole story. I also felt that the stories that I heard from a few people, I don’t feel like they would blatantly lie to me. I do think there are bits of truth, but I also believe that some fans have read too much into it and I think they should let what happened, happen, and it die down.”
“When it’s all said and done, I can’t tell you that I know 100% of the truth and I can’t tell you that the journalist reporting is 100% of the truth. I know what I perceive to be the truth and from the things I’ve read and heard, there is partial truth and partial things that are a bit exaggerated.”
Elsewhere on his podcast, Dax Harwood made it clear that he wants CM Punk and The Elite to work through their problems.