AEW fired CM Punk after an internal investigation following his backstage incident with Jack Perry at All In London. Now, we’re getting some new reports from the company about how everyone is dealing with the aftermath.

CM Punk is no longer with AEW, and there are reports of an improvement in locker room morale. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that, while a few AEW talents close to CM Punk expressed their disappointment, at least three other unnamed wrestlers were also “very upset” about certain things.

However, many others within AEW have mentioned a better backstage atmosphere, describing it as if a dark cloud had been lifted. This is the attitude overall, aside from just a very select couple of people. They also highlighted how enjoyable it was during the All Out Weekend shows.

At least three others that we know of were very upset by things. While not saying anything publicly, obviously Brody King would have been one of his biggest supporters since he was so frustrated in London when the backstage incident with Jack Perry went down.


Many others talked about the backstage atmosphere as if a dark cloud had been lifted over their heads and how much fun it was on the weekend shows.

But there is the dichotomy of a fun backstage and increased morale, and the company doing business in this case. Live advances for tickets were generally lower even for the Collision shows where Punk was advertised. In theory, Saturday night shows should draw more than Wednesday as far as ticket sales and those shows had been doing mixed numbers but most cities going forward were not strong.

There appears to be a contrast between the improved backstage atmosphere and increased morale, and AEW’s business performance. Live ticket sales were generally lower, even for the Collision shows where CM Punk was advertised. In theory, Saturday night shows should have higher ticket sales than Wednesday shows, and while those shows had mixed numbers, advances for most upcoming cities were not particularly strong.

We will keep an eye on this story, and so much more, here at Ringside News. The CM Punk drama in AEW might be over, but there could be a few more stories left in this situation.

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