CM Punk’s firing apparently did not force AEW to change plans for one top star.
CM Punk’s turbulent time in AEW has come to an end after he was “terminated for cause with immediate effect” following a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at All In. Tony Khan described feeling his life was in danger during the conflict and Punk’s firing was announced one day before All Out took place in Chicago.
Punk had been carrying his own title belt and referring to himself as the “Real World Champion” during his final days in AEW as he had previously been stripped of the AEW World Championship in September 2022 following his backstage fight with The Elite at All Out 2022.
CM Punk firing didn’t change plans for AEW World Title
Now Fightful Select has reported that Punk’s firing may have changed plans – most notably Ricky Starks’ at All Out with Starks taking on Bryan Danielson instead of Punk at the event – it didn’t change things for MJF and the AEW World Championship.
Punk was set to continue his feud with Starks which would include the Real World Championship but Samoa Joe – Punk’s final AEW opponent – was already figured in to be the next challenger for MJF’s AEW World Championship. There were said to be no immediate plans for Punk and MJF’s paths to cross.
MJF will defend his AEW World Title against Samoa Joe at Grand Slam in New York City after Joe won a title eliminator tournament by defeating Roderick Strong in the final.