CM Punk is likely done in AEW and Jim Cornette has chimed in saying that certain people in the company (The Elite) didn’t want Punk to work there in the first place.
It was in August 2021 when CM Punk joined AEW marking his return to pro wrestling after over seven years away. Punk’s return led to some huge reactions from the fans that missed seeing him on a pro wrestling show. In the weeks and months that followed, Punk would repeatedly take shots at his former employer WWE while talking about how much he loved AEW.
Fast forward to September 2022 and Punk’s AEW contract could be bought out meaning his return run lasted just over a year instead of being much longer than that. That’s because Punk got into a backstage fight at All Out with The Elite trio of Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson). That led to all of them being suspended for an undetermined amount of time. Punk’s good friend and AEW Producer Ace Steel was also involved in the fight and has been fired by the company.
Recently, it was revealed that The Elite will be returning to AEW television very soon due to the “investigation” into the All Out fight coming to an end.
Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette has chimed in with his opinion on a recent episode of his Jim Cornette Experience podcast where he claimed that he didn’t think The Elite wanted Punk in AEW at the beginning.
“They didn’t want Punk there from the start. I’m talking about the hardly boys [The Young Bucks] and old twinkle toes [Kenny Omega] because he exposed them. These guys he exposed for their limited audience.”
Cornette stated that he believes that AEW Owner/President Tony Khan likely believed that Punk had more appeal than The Elite, which The Elite might have been jealous about.
“He [Tony Khan] thought that he could f**king put together a national wrestling promotion on their backs. When he found out those backs weren’t wide enough to carry it. He had to start bringing in stars. They got somebody was doing numbers. And they were jealous of it because not only was he [Punk] doing bigger numbers than they were, but he was doing it with wrestling instead of their brand of convoluted western swing dancing. So those three guys they needed Punk out of there because he was exposing the whole myth of The Elite as this massive powerful force around wrestling.”