Dave Meltzer believes CM Punk shouldn’t have made certain comments amidst division in the AEW locker room.
CM Punk is back in AEW, and his return isn’t without controversy. The star is still embroiled in a public feud with both the AEW EVP’s and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page after disparaging them during a media scrum following All Out, and despite his attempts to reach out, the score seems far from settled.
Speaking in a recent interview with John Pollack and Brandon Thurston for POST Wrestling, journalist Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer addressed the situation, saying the divisiveness in the AEW locker room is “pretty bad” at the moment.
“There’s a lot of divisiveness. It’s so frustrating to me because I see it so closely and I feel it shouldn’t be there. It’s worse now than it’s been. It hasn’t gotten better. Right now it’s at a pretty bad point again.”
Continuing, Meltzer addressed Punk’s ESPN interview, saying it caused a stir in the locker room ahead of Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite. While some expected the comments to be more inflammatory when the interview was released, those who are friends with Page weren’t happy and the locker room was told to keep company business to itself.
“It was the talk of the locker room on Wednesday which led to a lot of issues … I am of the impression that people were expecting worse than it turned out to be but the people who really like Adam Page were not happy. Everyone there was pretty much told, ‘Like keep the stuff on the inside on the inside that if it gets out it’s not good for the company.’”
Meltzer made it clear that he doesn’t believe now was the time to air such comments about Page, whether Punk privately believed them to be true or not.
“Even if privately he believed it, this wasn’t the time to do it and Page is not someone is going to answer back so he becomes the bad guy … there was a feeling that he went after Page because he’s friends with The Young Bucks and he signed a thing where he couldn’t go after The Young Bucks.”
h/t Inside the Ropes