AEW President Tony Khan is certainly very passionate about pro wrestling and no one really doubts that. However, Khan has gained a lot of notoriety as of late, dating back to the beginning of this year.
During the post-AEW All Out media scrum, CM Punk went ballistic on Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks. It then devolved into a very ugly brawl backstage, resulting in many people getting suspended.
During AEW Dynamite this week, Tony Khan announced a tournament to crown a new AEW World Champion after Punk was stripped of the title. He did the same for the Trios Titles. Khan didn’t mention Punk or the Elite whatsoever.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Tony Khan said all that he could legally say considering the current circumstances.
I think the reason is he didn’t mention any names. He didn’t acknowledge it, it was very empty, and seemed — you know I think that people watching the show wanting to find out what happened were probably very disappointed, but from a legal standpoint, he said all he was going to say, and all he could say because the thing is still going on. Young Bucks and Omega’s name or Punk’s name were never mentioned. They never showed any clips when they talked about stripping the titles they didn’t mention who the champions were.
Punk’s backstage altercation could also become a legal issue soon. We’ll keep you updated on this ongoing story. Obviously, there are many layers to unpack in this situation.
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