Tony Khan made headlines when he announced the firing of CM Punk. This decision was particularly audacious given that the announcement was made ahead of AEW events in Chicago, the very hometown of the Second City Saint.
To add to the drama, the city is also set to host the much-anticipated All Out pay-per-view the following night.
Tony Khan: Collision’s Unexpected Opening
Khan chose to address the live audience before the official airing of AEW Collision. This decision, as many witnessed, did not bode well for him.
The live crowd’s reaction was palpable, with a chorus of boos echoing throughout the venue. To further manage the situation, Collision’s television broadcast began with a pre-recorded message from Khan, separate from his live address.
Khan’s Statement on CM Punk’s Termination
AEW released an official statement earlier in the day, shedding light on the reasons behind CM Punk’s firing.
In the statement, Khan expressed his gratitude towards Phil (CM Punk), acknowledging his significant contributions to AEW.
He emphasised that the decision to terminate CM Punk’s contract was solely his and was taken with a heavy heart. Khan stated, “The termination of his AEW contracts with cause is ultimately my decision, and mine alone.”
He further added, “Of course, I wish I didn’t have to share this news, which may come as a disappointment to many of our fans.”
Khan justified his decision by highlighting the broader interests of the AEW community, including the talent, staff, venue operators, and countless others who work tirelessly behind the scenes.
Fans React to Khan’s Appearance
The live reaction to Khan’s appearance post the announcement was captured and shared on social media platforms.
The video clearly showcased the overwhelming disapproval from the audience, with boos dominating the audio.
This reaction underscores the popularity and significance of CM Punk within the wrestling community, especially in his hometown of Chicago.
The Road Ahead for AEW
With such a significant decision shaking the foundations of AEW, the future trajectory of the organisation remains a topic of intense speculation.
The firing of a prominent figure like CM Punk is bound to have repercussions, both immediate and long-term. As AEW continues its journey, wrestling enthusiasts worldwide will be keenly observing how the brand manoeuvres through this challenging phase.