Colt Cabana appearing on AEW has done as much harm as it has good.
Cabana made a surprise appearance on the November 2nd, episode of AEW Dynamite as a challenger for Chris Jericho’s ROH World Title.
Although he lost, Cabana’s appearance had a more significant impact backstage than it had on-screen. It was reported that the backstage morale in AEW was ‘boosted’ by his appearance. However, that morale boost may have come at a price.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer provided updates on CM Punk’s recovery. Punk suffered a torn triceps at AEW All Out on September 4th, which was the same night he won back the AEW World Title and got into a fight with Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks in the locker room. That fight caused Kenny and The Young Bucks to be suspended while Punk’s friend Ace Steel was fired after the investigation and there have been reports that Punk is done in AEW with a potential contract buyout coming.
While Meltzer noted that Punk’s torn triceps is recovering smoothly, Cabana’s appearance expanded the growing rift between Punk and AEW.
Although no public comments have been made on the matter, those Meltzer spoke to noted that CM Punk continues to insist that he had no sway over Cabana’s career and booking. However, many within AEW think otherwise.
There is also speculation that Cabana’s return to AEW came from the very top as it was a Tony Khan decision and not one whispered into Khan’s ear by anyone else.
But while the CM Punk/AEW situation remains tense and unresolved, there is still business being done between them as AEW is still selling Punk merchandise at their events because he remains under contract.