Ace Steel is no longer with AEW, and this isn’t a huge surprise. He bit Kenny Omega during a brawl that involved CM Punk and The Young Bucks after the All Out media scrum turned into an unprofessional burial.
Sean Sapp reported behind Fightfuls’ paywall that word about the AEW All Out brawl has diminished in recent memory. One contributing factor could have been the fact that veterans told the roster during a company meeting that dirsty laundry should be kept “in-house.”
Much of the roster has remained quiet since the Brawl Out situation, whether it be on the record, off the record or on background. This became even more of the case after the Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho led talent meeting that encouraged talent to keep their dirty laundry in house. After word emerged of Ace Steel finally being let go, more talent and staff were willing to talk.
The unanimous consensus that we’ve heard from was that the move was expected, and if there weren’t constantly pending legal ramifications, this would have been done the week of Brawl Out. By the time the following week’s tapings happened, most everyone thought that they were effectively done working with Ace Steel, who actually had to be fined for using coarse language on television just days before. Steel’s proximity to CM Punk throughout the situation complicated matters.
It was also reported that, “another longtime talent that had been on good terms with Ace Steel said that the writing was on the wall immediately after that situation when the bite marks on Kenny Omega were still visible.” As previously reported, bite marks were visible on Kenny Omega the whole next week through trip to Japan as well.
Another talent reportedly said that, “Ace Steel was a no-brainer decision.” One talent said “Biting people bad” to follow up that sentiment.
We’ll have to see what’s next with Ace Steel, but he will have to find employment elsewhere after the AEW media scrum escalated quickly.
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