CM Punk was set to be the face of Collision, AEW’s new Saturday television show. It seems that talks were dismantled when Punk didn’t like AEW’s plan to keep Ace Steel out of the building for Collision, and now that show is without a top name.
AEW actually re-hired Ace Steel a while ago. As we previously mentioned, Ace Steel was the sticking point with CM Punk, since AEW was willing to re-hire Steel, but he wasn’t allowed in the building for their television taping events. AEW has since denied that they re-hired Ace Steel.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer observed that AEW should bring in Mercedes Mone if they can’t lock CM Punk down for a return. Obviously, a lot plays into that, because contracts are in play.
“A lot of people suggested this too, if Punk’s not coming, sign Mercedes. If she’s got a broken ankle – not that that’s catastrophic or long term, but she said, we’ll take her word for this, but she’s a free agent and can go anywhere. So, if that’s the case, then she’s not constricted contractually like in her release with WWE. She’s not contractually not allowed to go to AEW.”
CM Punk went on quite an Instagram story spree after news of his issues with AEW broke. He also uploaded an alleged email from Bryan Alvarez to CM Punk, one that mentioned Maria Kanellis in a very interesting way. Alvarez then unloaded on Punk in reply.
Of course, Mercedes Mone’s current injury status might put a huge stop on any idea that AEW will bring her in. We will just have to see if AEW can do anything to spark interest for Collision, because ticket sales have been pretty dismal so far.
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