Columnist Rob Pasbani explains why CM Punk’s chances of returning to AEW are slimmer than ever.
We’ve spent a lot of time covering the “Brawl Out” situation that occurred in AEW over Labor Day weekend. But as the investigation to the brawl has reached its conclusion, a ton of new information has surfaced in the last few days, since we’ve learned that AEW is in talks with Punk for a contract buyout.
Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and Don Callis were all backstage at AEW Dynamite this past Wednesday. And, for the first time since All Out, we saw the Elite mentioned on television in a cryptic promo.
Meanwhile, Punk’s camp released a new statement. In a shocking report by Wrestling Inc, Punk’s side is now claiming a few key points:
Much of this has been widely disputed. Dave Meltzer has reached out to multiple people who were there and all of them dispute the story about Larry. Meltzer has a pretty damning quote from an anonymous wrestler who was there moments after the fight began, “The dog story is a complete lie. When the altercation was happening Punk was a total psycho and could’ve career PF less about the dog. Kenny picked the dog up to save him from being hurt and gave him to Megha. Megha was holding the dog screaming at Punk to stop. Punk didn’t even register that his `baby’ was being held by a stranger in the middle of a fight. It didn’t stop him one bit.”
Meltzer also reports most of the top talent in AEW do not want to work with Punk anymore, saying they can’t see themselves sharing a locker room with him every week after he trashed the company and some of their most beloved co-workers.
Meltzer quoted another star who said “Punk won’t be back. His value on screen isn’t one percent worth the hassle and black cloud he causes backstage.”
Fightful reported that Chris Jericho was among the people who said he wouldn’t work with Punk anymore. The Fightful report states “Chris Jericho approached CM Punk, unhappy about the Brawl Out fight as well as the nature of the scrum that had just taken place. Jericho told CM Punk that he was a cancer to the locker room, and a detriment to the company.”
As of this moment, Punk is still under contract and negotiating his buy out. The big hold up is the non-compete time, indicating there is interest on Punk’s side to go to WWE. While WWE top brass haven’t made many comments, our previous report indicated that there might not be as much interest as expected.
It was a hell of a year for Punk, but sadly, it really looks like his time in AEW might be done.
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