AEW fired CM Punk after he had a backstage alteration with Jack Perry at All In London. Punk’s final match in AEW was defending the “Real” World Title again Samoa Joe in Wembley Stadium, a match that he won. Now what he is in WWE, we are getting new details about his AEW exit.
Directly after that All In confrontation, 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. Then Punk was fired a short time later.
Sean Sapp has unveiled new details surrounding CM Punk’s firing. It was noted behind Fightful’s paywall that AEW terminated CM Punk’s contract in the aftermath of an incident at AEW All Out, which prompted the swift formation of a disciplinary committee. Additional information has come to light, largely attributed to a tweet that may have alluded to the situation.
Recently, Fightful revealed that a long rumored member of the committee, Megha Parekh, had actually stepped back from a lot of her duties as Chief Legal Officer by that time and actually had nothing to do with the committee. We’ve since learned that AEW General Counsel Chris Peck, who assumed many of her responsibilities, was a part of the three-person committee, along with an outside attorney.
However, there was also one long-respected member of the AEW talent roster that was involved, in Bryan Danielson. When asking sources on the AEW roster about his inclusion, one called him an “appropriate moral compass who exemplifies objectivity” and said that he effectively headed up and was the face of the disciplinary committee. Danielson was said to have spoken to the roster when addressing them about Punk’s termination, and noted that the decision was a particularly hard one. He cited the positives that CM Punk brought and his longstanding friendship with Punk, but said that it was the decision that had to be made.
On November 27th, Danielson tweeted, “My dad always told me, “The right thing is often the hardest thing to do. It won’t always make the most money. It won’t always be the most popular. But it’s still the right thing.” It was reported that was what Danielson said when speaking to talent at the meeting months before.
There was no indication provided regarding the decision-making process that transpired within the disciplinary committee. Individuals who were interviewed mentioned that they believed CM Punk was already aware that Danielson was a part of the said committee, given that many of his friends were present in the meeting during which Danielson addressed them.
This represents an ongoing responsibility for Danielson, as he is also tasked with administering fines when required. CM Punk made his return to WWE over the past weekend, and Tony Khan has since commented to say that he cannot legally comment on Punk returning to WWE.
What’s your take on CM Punk returning to WWE? Is he better off not being in AEW? Let us know what you think about this in the comments section!