The AEW All Out media scrum ended in chaos after CM Punk went on a scathing rant on Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks, verbally obliterating them in the process.
Punk was then involved in a backstage brawl where he fought with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. As previously reported, AEW has suspended everyone involved in the brawl.
Ace Steel was eventually fired from AEW due to the brawl, while the rest remain suspended. However, the general consensus is that CM Punk will no longer come back.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it was reported that AEW is currently in talks to buy out CM Punk’s contract so that he won’t return to the company.
Those with close knowledge of the situation said they are in talks with Punk about a buy-out of the remaining years of his contract which tells you that they are not looking to bring him back. The hold-up right now is said to be the non-compete period.
Obviously if the non-compete is an issue, it’s about interest in going to WWE because there’s no need for a non-compete otherwise because nobody else but AEW and WWE can pay him close to what he was making. There are those in WWE who have been very negative towards him in the past, but it is a wrestling war and the optics of looking publicly like they have taken Punk from AEW would be very significant.
CM Punk and The Elite are also more engaged in communicating with AEW. We will have to wait and see whether CM Punk will end up leaving AEW or not in the future.
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