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WWE Hall of Famer thinks AEW revenue will SUFFER after CM Punk firing

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The professional wrestling world was taken by storm when news broke out about CM Punk and his sudden firing from AEW (All Elite Wrestling).

The decision has sparked a myriad of reactions from fans and industry insiders alike. Among the most notable voices to weigh in on the matter is WWE Hall of Famer, Mark Henry.

Mark Henry recently shared his thoughts on the impact of CM Punk’s departure from AEW. Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Henry was asked if he believed AEW would be in a better position without Punk. His response, dripping with sarcasm, hinted at the potential financial repercussions AEW might face in the wake of Punk’s firing.

Drawing a parallel between CM Punk and NBA legend Dennis Rodman, Henry highlighted the significant roles both individuals played in their respective fields. Just as NBA teams suffered when Rodman left, Henry believes AEW’s revenue streams – from live events to merchandise sales – will take a hit following Punk’s exit.

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The Controversies Surrounding CM Punk

CM Punk’s tenure in AEW was not without its fair share of controversies. Notably, he was involved in a backstage brawl with The Elite during AEW All Out.

This incident, among others, tarnished his reputation and raised questions about his professional conduct. Furthermore, a backstage confrontation with Jack Perry led to both wrestlers being suspended.

This series of events culminated in AEW’s President, Tony Khan, making the decision to fire Punk.

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The Financial Implications for AEW

Mark Henry’s comments underscore the potential financial implications for AEW. CM Punk, being a major draw, undoubtedly contributed to ticket sales, pay-per-view buys, and merchandise revenue.

With his departure, there’s a looming question: will AEW be able to maintain its current revenue levels?

Henry’s comparison to Dennis Rodman is particularly apt. Rodman, known for his defensive prowess, was a key player for teams like Chicago, San Antonio, and Detroit.

His departure invariably led to a decline in team performance. Similarly, CM Punk’s absence might not just affect the in-ring product but also the business side of things.

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AEW’s Future Without CM Punk

While the immediate aftermath of Punk’s firing is filled with speculation and debate, the long-term effects remain to be seen.

AEW President Tony Khan has remained tight-lipped about the specifics, especially regarding any non-compete clauses in Punk’s contract.

For fans and industry observers, the coming months will be crucial in determining the trajectory of AEW without one of its biggest stars.

The wrestling community will be keenly watching how AEW navigates this challenging period and whether they can continue their momentum in the highly competitive world of professional wrestling.

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