Following the reported falling out between CM Punk and AEW, Warner Bros Discovery has revealed its reaction to the situation. Recent reports indicated that CM Punk was initially set to be part of the announcements for the new AEW Collision show but was later removed from the promotional material.
According to PWInsider, the falling out stemmed from a disagreement regarding the return of Punk’s long-time associate, Ace Steel. AEW was reportedly open to rehiring Ace Steel but did not want him to be present backstage at their shows. Punk, on the other hand, insisted that Steel should be allowed backstage, which led to the falling out. As a result, Punk was removed from the promotional material for Collision, except for an accidental inclusion in an email.
Warner Bros Discovery addressed the situation with a statement clarifying that “CM Punk is not affiliated with TNT’s AEW Collision.” Meanwhile, AEW President Tony Khan appeared on AEW Dynamite to announce upcoming dates and locations for Collision. However, he did not disclose the location for the premiere on June 17, indicating that it will be announced in the following week.
Initially, the premiere was planned to take place at the United Center in Chicago, with Punk’s debut expected to be a major highlight. However, given the uncertain circumstances, Khan seems to be giving himself an extra week to decide whether to commit to having the premiere in Chicago or explore alternative options.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer shared insights from individuals at Warner Bros Discovery, stating that their belief is that there will be an attempt to resolve the situation. They remain hopeful that a resolution can be reached and that the deal is not completely off the table.
“From the WBD side – because nobody from the AEW side has talked about this at all, nor confirmed any of this – from the WBD side, they have said that their belief is that there will be an attempt to work it out.
“They’re hopeful that they work it out, that it’s not a dead deal.”
As of now, no official statements have been released by AEW regarding the matter, leaving the situation open to further development and speculation. Wrestling fans eagerly await updates to see if CM Punk’s involvement with AEW Collision will be salvaged or if alternative plans will be put into motion.
Ringside News will keep you updated on the situation as it develops.
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