AEW has had no shortage of backstage drama in recent months and Jim Cornette has been very critical of Tony Khan’s handling of events.
2022 has not been the greatest year for AEW as it began with one of the founding Executive Vice Presidents Cody Rhodes leaving the company and returning to WWE. The company endured the drama surrounding MJF heading into Double Or Nothing when it looked questionable if the star was even going to show up for his scheduled match.
Then, following All Out, a fight took place backstage that saw The Elite and CM Punk suspended and stripped of their respective championships. It looks like The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega are on their way back to AEW television very soon but Punk’s future looks much more uncertain.
Speaking on his Experience podcast, Jim Cornette has discussed the latest on the CM Punk/AEW situation and he does not hold back on his thoughts on how the situation has been handled by AEW CEO Tony Khan:
“Apparently now the information has trickled out, or dripped out, or trickled down and dripped or whatever the case, that Punk and AEW are negotiating, potentially, this has not been confirmed. We haven’t seen documentation of this, but that’s the story going around. Punk and AEW are working on a contract buyout, and that the hold up is a non-compete clause.”
“So the one good thing that has happened to this company over the last year, they get a major star, he produces ratings, he produces gates, he produces good television, he produces good matches, and Tony Khan cannot keep his f*cking nursery school from f*cking up this goddamn deal and p*ssing off his star.”
“And now instead of telling [Kenny Omega] and [The Young Bucks] hey, why don’t y’all go back and play with your f*cking school girlfriends in Japan? Because I need real talent because I’m in a promotional war and my ship is taking on water.”
“Now he’s going to talk about to Punk about a buyout. Does that mean he’s going to bring the other three back? Or will he buy Punk out and just fire the other three for putting him in his position to spin probably a few million dollars at minimum to never have his biggest star on his television again?”
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