CM Punk was released from AEW after his backstage confrontation with Jack Perry resulted in both of their suspensions. We are still waiting to hear what is going to happen with Perry, but Punk is gone from Tony Khan’s company. Now, TK has something say about the matter.

CM Punk threatened to quit, but he wrestled that “Real” World Title match in Wembley Stadium anyway. After he won that match, Tony Khan suspended CM Punk and also Jack Perry, something that Punk was informed of through his attorney.

As part of the announcement about CM Punk’s AEW release, Tony Khan also provided a statement. Tony Khan said that CM Punk has done a lot for pro wrestling, and he played “an important role within AEW,” but despite TK’s thanks, Punk is still gone.

“Phil played an important role within AEW and I thank him for his contributions. The termination of his AEW contracts with cause is ultimately my decision, and mine alone. Of course, I wish I didn’t have to share this news, which may come as a disappointment to many of our fans.”


“Nevertheless, I am making the decision in the best interests of the many amazing people who make AEW possible every week — our talent, staff, venue operators and many others whose efforts are unsung but essential to bringing our fans great shows on television and at arenas and stadiums throughout the world.”

AEW also had their production team and announcer stall for time, because they didn’t know if CM Punk was even going to go out for his match against Samoa Joe. Tony Khan was later asked about the reported heated conversation he had with CM Punk, and refrained to speak further about the investigation or the issue.

This situation is over for CM Punk in AEW. Only time will tell what is next for him, but a WWE return isn’t likely either. This is certainly not the way anyone wanted Punk’s second run in AEW to end.

AEW built Collision around CM Punk. Now, they will have to figure out a new strategy. Needless to say, Collision and All Out in Chicago could be very interesting.

What’s your take on AEW firing CM Punk? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you think!

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