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CM Punk: FOX Network extremely unhappy with WWE for AEW move

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Former WWE Superstar CM Punk recently made his way back to professional wrestling with a huge return as part of the AEW Rampage episode 2.

CM Punk was previously working for FOX as part of WWE Backstage, and reportedly he had a very good relationship with the network, as they congratulated him for the mega rating that AEW Rampage pulled (1.2 million).

According to the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter, FOX are not however happy with WWE, as they believe that the company should’ve made a much bigger offer to Punk before he confirmed with All Elite Wrestling.

“FOX was very upset that WWE didn’t make a big offer to Punk to keep him from going to AEW, and politically, WWE felt the need to get Lesnar and Lynch to Smackdown right away. In the case of Lynch, it was always happening. As always, Lesnar’s timing got him an even better deal.”


FOX Network on CM Punk move

It’s interesting that Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar were ‘brought back’ to combat the ratings pull of CM Punk and to appease FOX; certain fans and critics claimed that this was WWE’s plan all along, but clearly it was some sort of reaction to AEW getting the straight edge star to return.

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 Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Christian Cage
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: Young Bucks (c) vs. TBD in a steel cage
  • CM Punk vs. Darby Allin
  • PAC vs. Andrade
  • Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall
  • Women’s Casino Battle Royale: 21 competitors
  • Chris Jericho vs MJF
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