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Tony Khan reveals why CM Punk didn’t sign for AEW from the get-go

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AEW President Tony Khan recently appeared on Wrestling Observer Radio. The owner of All Elite discussed several topics during the interview, including the signing of CM Punk to the promotion.

‘We’ve been talking a really long time, and a few years ago, it just wasn’t the right time” Tony Khan revealed, stating how long it took to get Punk under contract.

“I think he wanted to see how this thing went. He wasn’t ready to come back to wrestling, especially not for a startup company” Khan added, echoing what CM Punk has said recently.

“Now we’re long past the startup phase. It’s been really successful. We signed a big TV extension and I think once we got the extension and it looked like we were going to be in place for a while, it probably made the company look a lot more like a stable option for CM Punk, honestly” the AEW President concluded.

Tony Khan on CM Punk

Here’s the current and updated card for AEW All Out 2021, which will be available on Bleacher Report PPV in the United States and on FITE TV in Europe and the United Kingdom.

  • AEW World Title Match ’“ Impact World Champion Christian Cage vs. Kenny Omega (c)
  • AEW Women’s World Title Match ’“ Kris Statlander vs. Britt Baker (c)
  • Steel Cage Match for the AEW World Tag Team Titles ’“ Lucha Bros vs. The Young Bucks (c)
  • Chris Jericho vs. MJF ’“ Jericho’s AEW in-ring career will be on the line.
  • CM Punk vs. Darby Allin
  • PAC vs. Andrade El Idolo
  • Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall
  • Jon Moxley vs. Satoshi Kojima
  • The Buy In Pre-show: Women’s Casino Battle Royale: Nyla Rose, Julia Hart, Big Swole, The Bunny, Red Velvet, Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti, Penelope Ford, Diamante, 12 more competitors TBC ’“ Winner earns a future shot at the AEW Women’s World Title.
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