Tony Khan has confirmed one AEW star is no longer with the company.
It has been a turbulent week for Tony Khan when he should be celebrating the success of All In and All Out on successive weekends. However, things had already begun to go very wrong before the Wembley Stadium show went live on pay-per-view as CM Punk was involved in a backstage altercation with Jack Perry.
Punk has been fired by AEW following an investigation into what went on with some reports also suggesting that Punk was involved in another incident with Tony Khan. Khan has since explained that he felt his life was in danger at the event but has not elaborated any further on what went on.
However, before any announcement was made on the future of CM Punk, another member of the AEW roster disappeared from the roster page on the company website sparking speculation about their future.
Tony Khan confirms AEW original is gone
At the post-All Out press conference, Tony Khan was asked about Sonny Kiss’ status in the company and he confirmed that Kiss had not been offered a new deal:
“I really like Sonny Kiss. We have a roster of over 100 wrestlers now across AEW. Sonny is a great wrestler. I’ve done a lot to keep the locker room stable and I have a lot of people that I not only keep under contract, but I’ve done well to not do major mass layoffs and let 20-30 people go at a time. I can’t renew every single contract in AEW, it would be impossible and with such a big roster and limited amount of TV spots, I think Sonny Kiss is a great wrestler and had a lot of potential from the very beginning and still has a lot of potential.
“I think Sonny Kiss could certainly be back. We’ve seen people go on, do exciting stuff, and comeback like Stu Grayson. You never know what the future holds for Sonny Kiss. I think Sonny Kiss has a lot of talent and I wish him the best and I hold him in high regard. It’s true that I did not renew that contract, but not because I don’t like Sonny.
“Every opportunity Sonny has had, I’ve put thought into it. With a huge crew, it’s hard to get everyone on TV. One thing that’s been a challenge is losing Dark and Elevation. The roster is growing and growing, it’s much bigger than the original roster, which Sonny was part of.
“Sonny and others who are not with AEW anymore, we’ll keep an eye on them and I’d be open to bringing them back if something opens up or I get an idea for a story of if anybody has an idea for a story that I would do or they get hot and I get interested.”
Kiss last competed in an AEW ring back in March 2023 when she teamed with Trustbusters partner Jeeves Kay in a loss to the Iron Savages. Since then Sonny Kiss has featured on Ring of Honor shows but is yet to pick up a win. Her last outing saw her team with Kay and Slim J in a loss to Dalton Castle and The Boys in July 2023.