Jeff Jarrett has given his thoughts on the decision to fire CM Punk from AEW.
Not wanting to get into the specifics of the conditions of the release, Jarrett instead focused on the way that the release was handled by Tony Khan. With Jarrett being a promoter in the past, The Last Outlaw is familiar with having to make difficult decisions that not everyone will like.
Speaking on the My World podcast, Jarrett stated that only Punk and Khan know the exact situation and that he respects Khan’s decision:
“The reality of the situation, you’re asking me to make comments on a situation that, and I really believe this, there are only two people in the world that have full context. Some people can say, ‘I knew this, I knew that.’ You may, but you don’t know what Tony knows and you don’t know what Phil [CM Punk] knows. Nobody knows but them two. I would have to have….to comment on the specifics, but in general purposes, the decision Tony made, big cojones, hit it straight on,”
Jarrett elaborated on his point regarding Khan’s decision-making. The Hall of Famer believed that relaying the situation to the fans before the pay-per-view was the correct course of action and that the decision made was the correct one:
“There were three things done. The social media audience — the discussion in the United Center — the television audience, and the live audience. All of them were addressed head on. When I read that release, it was as clear as a legal situation could possibly be. I believe my old man would have been aligned with it because, get in front of it. That’s a hard pill to swallow. The easy one would have been ‘wait until Monday.’
There are multiple things you could have done. A reconciliation, a cooling off period. We can talk about it ad nauseam, and it has been talked about over and over for months. Getting in front of things, with a clear-cut decision made, absolutely was the right thing to do. It’s best for business. Your consumers were informed. I just don’t think there are downsides to that,”
Jeff Jarrett Was Never Going To Wrestle At AEW All In
Jeff Jarrett was long rumoured to be added to the All In card with British indie star Grado as his opponent. The rumours started when Jarrett and Grado had an interaction on TalkSport while Jarrett was in the UK to promote the upcoming event. It was later revealed that despite a match looking like the intended direction, a match was never planned.
H/t to Fightful.