CM Punk is no longer a part of AEW and there are some people that think he wanted out when The Elite decided to stay in the company.
It was big news at the start of August when AEW announced that The Elite foursome of Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) and “Hangman” Adam Page had re-signed with All Elite Wrestling on new long-term contracts.
The company celebrated the news while some fans might have wondered how CM Punk felt about it too. After all, it was well known that The Elite didn’t like CM Punk going back to last year’s All out fight between Punk and Omega with the Young Bucks.
There were also the Hangman Page promo issues with Punk in the past as well. Prior to his AEW TV return in June, CM Punk did an interview with ESPN where he said that Hangman “poisoned everything” in their spring 2022 feud.
On Saturday, a few hours before AEW Collision aired, AEW CEO/GM Tony Khan announced that CM Punk had been fired for his latest fighting incident with Jack Perry at AEW All In last Sunday. Tony said that he was in fear for his life because of Punk’s actions that day. Apparently, Punk did more than just “lunge” at Tony Khan to put fear into him.
Some People Believe CM Punk “Wanted Out” When The Elite Decided To Stay In AEW
While speaking about the AEW-CM Punk situation on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer commented that some people believed that Punk wanted out of the company when he learned about The Elite re-signing with AEW. It turns out that Punk ended up being gone about one month after that.
“I can’t say because I can’t get into his brain, but yes, there were a lot of people that thought that when the contract was signed with The Young Bucks, Omega and Page that he wanted out and that something was going to happen.”
“He thought that because the ratings for Collision were so much lower, I think the one was the bad one was when Cole and MJF came the ratings skyrocketed and when they weren’t back they went back down. That was the one that established that Max and Adam Cole are the draws in the company. It’s going to go down without him, he was the biggest draw on that show.”
With CM Punk now out of AEW, the “soft roster split” that existed to keep Punk away from certain wrestlers who didn’t like him is no longer a factor. It’s likely that any AEW wrestler can appear on any show moving forward.
Following the termination, it is believed that the roster split in AEW is now over.
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