More reports have come to light regarding the potential suspension of CM Punk following his altercation with Jack Perry at AEW All In.
During Jack Perry’s match with HOOK on the All In pre-show, the former Jungle Boy looked into the camera and said, “It’s real glass, cry me a river.” His words were in direct reference to reports that he and CM Punk had gotten into an argument on an early episode of Collision that stemmed from Perry wanting to use real glass as part of a spot and Punk putting a stop to that.
While accounts differ on what exactly went down once Perry came backstage after losing the FTW Championship to HOOK, it’s been reported that an altercation took place between Perry and Punk and that Perry was sent home from the arena while Punk went on to defeat Samoa Joe in the opening bout of the main show. Punk reportedly met with security after his bout and left Wembley Stadium of his own accord as he believed it would be better for everyone involved.
AEW President Tony Khan alluded to the incident during a post-show media scrum and said that an investigation was being launched. He refused to comment further.
Is CM Punk Suspended From AEW?
On August 28th, Bryan Alvarez tweeted that Punk and Perry had both been suspended from AEW until the results of the investigation were known, meaning that both men would be off both television and AEW All Out on September 3rd. The report of their suspension was later confirmed by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated.
However, Sean Ross Sapp cast doubt on Punk’s suspension status when he reported that Punk had not been informed of any suspension by AEW. Sapp had no update at the time on the status of Jack Perry.
Now, a new report from Nick Hausman sheds more light on the situation, clarifiying that while AEW themselves may not have had a conversation with CM Punk, he was informed of his suspension by his lawyer. Hausman wrote:
“Here’s a follow-up to what @SeanRossSapp reported earlier about CM Punk not being made aware of his suspension by AEW. From what I gather, AEW has not directly contacted Punk about his suspension, but he was informed about it by his lawyer.”
Here's a follow-up to what @SeanRossSapp reported earlier about CM Punk not being made aware of his suspension by AEW.
From what I gather, AEW has not directly contacted Punk about his suspension, but he was informed about it by his lawyer.
— Nick Hausman (@Nick_Hausman) August 29, 2023
Dave Meltzer also chimed in on social media, making it clear that both Punk and Perry are “definitely suspended.”
“Punk & Perry are definitely suspended.”
Punk & Perry are definitely suspended.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 29, 2023
The suspension of both men has caused AEW to alter creative plans for AEW All Out on September 3rd.