AEW Collision’s announcement did not include CM Punk as many expected it to. That brought up a big question about his current status with the company, and it appears that things might have fallen out again.

PW Insider reports that the “rumor making the rounds is that Punk and AEW are again at odds currently, now over the status of the return of Ace Steel.  In asking around, there appears to be something to that situation.”

Ace Steel was fired for his part in Brawl Out, where he bit Kenny Omega in the skirmish. Now, it appears that he is apparently a part of this situation once again.

The belief among those we’ve spoken with is that Steel was expected to return in conjunction with Punk next month, working behind the scenes. 


However, the story making the way around AEW backstage today at Dynamite is that a decision was made that Steel would not be working backstage at the actual Collision tapings. 

As you might imagine, that left Punk and AEW on opposite sides of the discussion, which in turn led to Punk being removed from all promotional material released for the AEW Collision series today. 

One person believed MJF replaced Punk in the promotional graphic for the series, but we haven’t been able to confirm that with multiple sources.

It was also noted that sources said that, “bringing Ace Steel in for a tryout and when the invitation was passed on several weeks ago, their belief was that meant he was AEW or WWE-bound.  So the timing fits in that a return was on the table for Steel.”

Warner Bros Discovery said that CM Punk is not affiliated with AEW Collision. Of course, things can always change, but it seems that there is another issue between CM Punk and AEW just before he was supposed to make his return to the company.

What’s your take on CM Punk having an issue with AEW? Sound off in the comments!

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