The AEW All Out media scrum made headlines for all the wrong reasons after CM Punk went on a scathing rant on Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks. It was simply disastrous for the company in many ways. While Punk’s status in AEW remains under question, there is someone who believes that Punk and Tony Khan have exchanged money.

CM Punk has been absent from AEW television since the event as he is recovering from surgery. In the meantime, he also remains suspended from the company.

While speaking on SmackTalk, pro wrestling veteran Dutch Mantell stated that he believes money has already exchanged hands between CM Punk and Tony Khan.

“What that tells me, just on the top of my head is that some money has already changed hands, or is going to change hands to keep Punk quiet.


A thing that’s been on my mind recently since the Vince McMahon thing happened, is the 3 letters, N-D-A. That’s what I think they want Punk to sign. And he may change the story, because none of it was under oath anyway. But I don’t think Tony wants it out there. My opinion, for what it’s worth. And public opinion may side with the Bucks, but I’ve seen a lot of court cases where I sided with the defendent too… but I still think some money changed hands. And he may have changed the story.”

AEW is also selling new CM Punk merchandise despite his suspension. It remains to be seen whether CM Punk will end up returning to AEW somewhere down the line or not.

Do you agree with Mantell? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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