The wrestling world was left stunned when news broke that CM Punk, one of the most iconic figures in the industry, was no longer part of All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
This revelation sent shockwaves through the AEW locker room, especially as the announcement came just ahead of AEW’s Collision event, which was set to take place in Punk’s very own hometown of Chicago.
The atmosphere backstage at AEW Collision was palpable. As one might expect, reactions varied among the talent and staff, according to a new report from PWInsider.
Some were reportedly deeply saddened by the news, while others believed it was the right course of action. Interestingly, there were also those who expressed relief that Tony Khan, the CEO of AEW, had finally made a decision, allowing the company to chart its future course.
CM Punk: The Reason Behind the Termination
AEW’s decision to part ways with Phillip Brooks, better known as CM Punk, wasn’t made lightly. The termination followed a rigorous internal investigation into an incident that took place backstage during AEW’s ‘All In’ event in London on August 27th.
After careful consideration and consultation with external legal counsel, the AEW Discipline Committee made a unanimous recommendation to Tony Khan that CM Punk’s contract be terminated with cause.
Tony Khan Speaks Out
Tony Khan, the CEO, General Manager, and Head of Creative of AEW, confirmed the termination. He expressed his gratitude towards Punk for his significant contributions to the company.
Khan stated, “Phil played an important role within AEW and I thank him for his contributions.” He further added, “The termination of his AEW contracts with cause is ultimately my decision, and mine alone.”
Khan acknowledged the disappointment this news might bring to many fans but emphasised that he made the decision in the best interest of everyone involved with AEW, from the talent to the staff and venue operators.
What’s Next for AEW?
In the midst of this upheaval, there were other significant developments within AEW. Reports suggest that the “soft roster split” between AEW’s Dynamite and Collision shows will soon come to an end.