AEW reportedly gave CM Punk and Ace Steel the impression that he would be a producer on Collision. The company changing this apparent agreement did not set well with the Second City Savior. Now, CM Punk holding out because of this situation.
Although CM Punk and AEW’s deal is not dead yet, tonight’s episode of Dynamite will be a big indication of their status. Tony Khan is set to announce the location for Collision’s debut episode, and if they reveal any location other than Chicago, plans for Punk have changed. After all, Tony Khan picked the entire Collision brand to fit with CM Punk’s circle of friends and keep people off the show who don’t want to share a locker room with him.
Ringside News reached out to check the temperature of how people in WWE feel about CM Punk’s latest stunt. After all, he pulled these antics in World Wrestling Entertainment before, but Vince McMahon also never built an entire brand around him
We were told by a tenured member of the WWE team that CM Punk is toxic. We were told by another member of the creative team that he is “toxic.” Pretty much everyone we spoke to used the word “toxic” or some variation of that sentiment. There is also a sense of shock and disbelief that he actually pulled this move.
While the overall feeling is disbelief within WWE that CM Punk pulled out of the AEW Collision deal so late in the game, there is also a sense of relief that it’s Tony Khan’s problem and not theirs. Obviously, some believe that CM Punk is just up to his old power games of manipulation.
AEW might have sent out a legal letter to Punk that could encourage him to make a return, even if Ace Steel isn’t allowed on the road. AEW actually re-hired Ace Steel a while ago. Of course, Ace Steel was the sticking point with CM Punk, because AEW was willing to re-hire Steel, but he wasn’t allowed in the building for their television taping events. This is what caused CM Punk to pull out of the agreement.
We will keep a close eye on this situation here at Ringside News. Obviously, a lot of things could change in this situation, but right now it doesn’t appear that CM Punk will be making his television return for AEW Collision after all.
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