The backstage brawl between CM Punk and The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega in AEW is still talked about. The matter is the subject of an investigation on who was really responsible. While Punk is still out on injury/suspension currently, his name was actually dropped recently by AEW’s head honcho, Tony Khan.

While speaking on this morning’s Busted Open Radio, during a discussion about the prestige of the Ring of Honor World Championship, AEW President Tony Khan dropped Punk’s name for the first time since the backstage incident occurred. He praised the title and the talent that was elevated because of it.

“We’ve demonstrated the great history of the [Ring of Honor] Championship. Of course, Chris [Jericho] is the champion now, but there have been a lot of great Ring of Honor champions. Some of the big names that have held the title, and some of the great former champions, include AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Claudio Castagnoli, Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens, and many others.” He continued, “So a lot of great wrestlers across Ring of Honor, and people in AEW, people in WWE, New Japan, all over the world, that have held that belt, and it’s really one of the most prestigious title lineages in all of wrestling.”

Punk’s name being dropped by the AEW President for the first time is not a big deal in that conversation, even though Khan has avoided Punk’s name in interviews since the AEW All Out Brawl. Punk will always be associated with the first iteration of ROH and how he brought attention to the brand.


There is no word of when Punk will ever return to AEW. However, there is speculation that he will accept buyout of his contract and never wrestle again.

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Andre Porter

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