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Dax Harwood says “f*ck it” to Dave Meltzer’s CM Punk claim

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AEW Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood recently addressed reports of backstage ‘divisiveness’ following CM Punk’s return to television.

On the debut episode of Collision aired on June 17th, CM Punk made his much-anticipated return, cutting a promo that set the wrestling world abuzz and teaming with Harwood and Cash Wheeler to secure a victory against Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Samoa Joe’‹.

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The Wrestling Observer Report

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer suggested a divisive atmosphere backstage following Punk’s return.

Meltzer highlighted the words uttered by Punk during his return and a subsequent ESPN interview that aired before Collision, leading to a reported ‘pretty bad point’ again’‹.

He added that a top-tier name informed him of leaving Dynamite in a ‘bad mood’ due to the ongoing situation, sparking fears of a ticking time bomb waiting to explode’‹.

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Harwood’s Rebuttal to the Report

In response to these reports, Dax Harwood took to Twitter to share his personal experience at the June 21st Dynamite taping.

He posted pictures and videos of his daughter Finley being treated with utmost respect and warmth by everyone present.

He refuted any signs of the alleged ‘divisiveness,’ stating he didn’t witness any such thing in either the Dynamite or Collision locker rooms. He reaffirmed that AEW functions like a family’‹.

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Dax Harwood: Response to the ‘Bad Mood’ Incident

Harwood didn’t shy away from addressing the report of the unnamed ‘top star’ who left Dynamite in a ‘bad mood.’

He asserted that if any issues arose because of a certain individual’s presence, the concerned person should confront the individual directly, rather than resorting to venting through reports. He emphasized that this direct approach was the norm in the past’‹:

“This one will get me some heat, but f*ck it, it needs to be said. Whatever ‘top star’ left the show in a BaD MoOd because a certain individual was there; instead of running to Dave, why not just tell the individual face to face. That’s how we used to do things back in the day.”

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Punk’s Future in AEW

Despite the controversy, Punk’s journey with AEW continues. It was announced on Dynamite that Punk will face Satoshi Kojima at AEW X NJPW Forbidden Door, in an Owen Hart Foundation tournament match.

However, the presence of Punk and The Elite on the same show is expected to be a rare occurrence, as legal constraints prevent them from interacting with each other’‹.

Punk himself stated in an interview with ESPN that attempts to contact members of The Elite resulted in receiving letters from attorneys advising him against it’‹.

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