Why CM Punk Isn’t AEW Champion: Injury and Backstage Fight Explained


CM Punk gained the AEW Championship at All Out, AEW’s most up-to-date (very good) pay-per-view, however he is conspicuously absent from AEW Dynamite. On the Sept. 7 episode of Dynamite, corporate President Tony Khan introduced that the AEW Championship have been vacated, at the side of the Trios Championships, however no reasons why was once given. 

There are two causes. First, after All Out, a real-life behind the curtain brawl erupted between CM Punk on one aspect and “The Young Bucks” Matt and Nick Jackson, plus Kenny Omega, at the different. Everyone concerned within the melee was once suspended, Sports Illustrated was once the primary to record. Unfortunately, virtually everybody concerned was once a champion of a few type, which is why each the AEW and Trios Championships had been vacated.

The 2d, similarly unlucky explanation why is that CM Punk reportedly tore his triceps within the All Out major tournament fit towards Jon Moxley. Suspended or no longer, Punk is estimated to leave out as much as 8 months of ring time, in line with the Wrestling Observer. AEW has but to recognize Punk’s damage. 

Explosive feedback Punk made all the way through AEW All Out’s post-show press convention brought about a real-life behind the curtain combat involving Punk, Omega and the Young Bucks. 

Punk, whose genuine identify is Phil Brooks, lashed out in a profanity-rich tirade at “Hangman” Adam Page, Matt and Nick Jackson, and Scott “Colt Cabana” Colton. Criticising The Young Bucks, who’re each lively performers and govt vice presidents of AEW, Punk described them as “irresponsible individuals who name themselves EVPs” who “could not fucking arrange a Target.”

The affair grew to become violent after the media scrum. According to a number of wrestling publications, a combat broke out between CM Punk and AEW manufacturer Ace Steel on one aspect and, at the different, the Jacksons and AEW EVP Kenny Omega. 

A event that includes Jon Moxley, Hangman Page, Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara was once devised to crown a brand new AEW Championship: Moxley and Danielson will strive against within the finals on subsequent week’s Dynamite. 

AEW was once contacted for remark however didn’t reply. Here’s what you wish to have to grasp.


Scott “Colt Cabana” Colton.


What came about between CM Punk and Colt Cabana?

CM Punk and Scott “Colt Cabana” Colton had been famously excellent pals for a few years. Cabana has had a protracted profession as an unbiased wrestler, maximum significantly appearing for Ring of Honor prior to being signed to AEW, and pioneered trade podcasts together with his Art of Wrestling podcast collection.

The hottest episode of the Art of Wrestling podcast featured CM Punk, again in 2014. In it, Punk detailed his arguable go out from WWE, together with well being considerations that he claimed WWE’s clinical workforce did not correctly cope with. WWE ringside doctor Chris Amman sued Punk and Cabana for defamation, a case he in the end misplaced.

But that was once handiest the start of prison complaints for Punk. Cabana sued Punk for $1.2 million, alleging that Punk reneged on a pledge to hide Cabana’s prison charges for the Amman case. Punk countersued, and the problem was once settled out of court docket a yr later

Little has been stated through Punk or Cabana about their falling out, even though it was once a subject matter of debate amongst wrestling enthusiasts when Punk made his debut in AEW ultimate September. When it was once reported that AEW founder Tony Khan was once making plans on no longer renewing Cabana’s contract, hypothesis abounded that Punk had one thing to do with it. CM Punk strongly denied the ones accusations.

Cabana has since been moved to Ring of Honor, a wrestling promotion Khan bought previous within the yr. 

What does Hangman Page need to do with it?


“Hangman” Adam Page and CM Punk.


CM Punk defeated “Hangman” Adam Page to win the AEW Championship at Double or Nothing again in May. In the accumulation to their pay-per-view conflict, Punk and Page had many storyline confrontations. Punk took exception to feedback Page made in a single section. 

“You communicate a large recreation about employee’s rights, neatly you’ve got proven the complete opposite since you’ve got gotten right here,” Page stated, reputedly a connection with Colt Cabana’s doubtlessly being let pass because of Punk. Page and Cabana had been in the similar Dark Order faction on TV, and are possibly pals in genuine existence. Page additionally stated within the promo that the moments the place the digital camera is not on make a champion, and that he desires to give protection to AEW from Punk. 

As all the time in professional wrestling, the road between fact and fiction is not transparent. It’s additionally no longer transparent exactly what remark Punk took factor with.

Following his win towards Page at Double or Nothing, Punk sustained a foot damage that took him out of motion for over 2 months. During that point, Jon Moxley gained the Interim AEW Championship, putting in a long run conflict with Punk. But when Punk returned at the Aug. 19 episode of Dynamite, the primary individual he spoke about wasn’t Moxley — it was once Hangman Page.

Punk referred to as Hangman Page to the hoop in an it seems that unscripted bit, then referred to as him a coward for no longer taking the problem up. “The apology should be as loud and as public because the disrespect,” Punk stated. “And if anyone else has an issue with the champion, I counsel you return on down.” 

Punk’s feedback had been dissected through wrestling enthusiasts and media, however had most commonly blown over by the point of All Out on Sunday. Then got here the media scrum after the development.

What did CM Punk say after All Out?

AEW all the time holds press meetings after its pay-per-views, with founder and president Tony Khan taking questions from media along most sensible stars. Punk and Khan opened All Out’s post-show scrum, and Punk temporarily addressed the lingering tensions. 

He first spoke about Cabana, going over their litigious historical past, prior to taking goal at Matt and Nick Jackson, and doubtlessly Kenny Omega. Punk claimed that AEW’s EVPs misled the media through claiming he was once concerned with Cabana’s rumored contract lapsing. “They unfold lies and bullshit … that I were given someone fired when I’ve fuck all to do with him.”

Punk then spoke of Page’s feedback of their pre-Double or Nothing promo in May, announcing the truth that he needed to make the commentary was once embarrassing. “What did I ever do, on this international, to deserve an empty-headed fucking dumb fuck like Hangman Adam Page to move out on nationwide tv and fucking pass into industry for himself?” 

Punk stated that Page jeopardized the primary $1 million area AEW ever drew — regarding the price ticket gross sales from Double or Nothing — and stated it was once a “shame.” 

“We’re some distance past apologies,” Punk stated, including that he gave Page however “it didn’t get treated and also you noticed what I needed to do.” he stated in connection with the best way he referred to as out Page in his go back promo.

Punk additionally spoke back to Page’s statements in a up to date Inside The Ropes interview, through which Page stated he does not really feel like he must take recommendation from veteran wrestlers. “Our locker room, for the entire knowledge and brilliance it has, is not value shit when you’ve got an empty-headed fool who is by no means accomplished the rest within the industry, do public interviews and say, ‘I do not in reality take recommendation.’ Who the fuck do you suppose you might be?”

Page and Cabana had been the one folks Punk explicitly named. Matt and Nick Jackson had been referred to simply as “EVPs.” 

“If you might be an EVP, you do not attempt to center your most sensible babyface and check out to get your area of interest target market on the net to hate him for some made-up, bullshit rumor,” Punk stated. “It in reality pisses me off… I’m seeking to fucking earn a living, promote tickets, fill arenas and those silly guys suppose they are in Reseda.”

Reseda, California an area in California that is house to Pro Wrestling Guerilla, a promotion that ceaselessly featured The Young Bucks. 

“I can nonetheless stroll up and down this hallway and say, ‘when you’ve got a fucking drawback with me, take it up with me. Let’s fucking pass.'”

Matt Jackson, Kenny Omega and Nick Jackson.


What came about after the media scrum?

We wouldn’t have an authentic account of what occured behind the curtain following Punk’s feedback. The Wrestling Observer and Fightful, two dependable professional wrestling shops, have each reported on a scuffle that ensued between CM Punk, his instructor and AEW manufacturer Christopher “Ace Steel” Guy, Kenny Omega and Matt and Nick Jackson. AEW trainer Pat Buck and wrestlers Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa and Christopher Daniels had been reportedly additionally inquisitive about breaking the combat up.

Punk is reported to have taken a swing at Matt Jackson, and Nick Jackson reportedly sustained a blow to the attention after Steel threw a chair at him. Steel could also be stated to have got in a melee with Kenny Omega, who is additionally an EVP, reportedly biting him within the brawl. Accounts vary on who began the combat. Some declare it was once Punk and Steel, others say it was once Omega and The Young Bucks. Steel’s spouse was once additionally reportedly within the room.

On Wednesday, Sports Illustrated reported that Kenny Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson, Pat Buck, Brandon Cutler, Michael Nakazawa and Christopher Daniels had been all suspended. CM Punk and Ace Steel’s punishment is to be decided following the final touch of an inside investigation, in line with the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer. 

It all places AEW founder Tony Khan in an excessively awkward place. In the previous few weeks, information broke that Eddie Kingston was once suspended for 2 weeks for a behind the curtain war of words with Sammy Guevara. Following a war of words, Kingston palm-shoved Guevara within the face, which earned him the suspension.

Khan now has to handle a miles larger altercation involving stars extra integral to AEW. Punk is the corporate’s most sensible superstar, and Omega and The Young Bucks are featured stars and executives. Punk on Sunday turn out to be the AEW Champion, and Omega and The Young Bucks gained the AEW Trios Championship titles.


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