CM Punk’s arrival in AEW was highly anticipated, with fans expecting significant contributions from him. However, his tenure took an unexpected turn when he was released last year, surprising many. Interestingly, his WWE return seems to have impacted plans for Jack Perry.

In 2021, CM Punk made waves by joining AEW, quickly becoming prominent figure. He clinched the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing 2022, but his reign was hindered by injuries and suspension following a controversial incident at AEW All Out 2022.

Despite a comeback in June 2023, an incident involving Jack Perry at AEW All In last year led to his contract termination. However, Punk shocked fans with comeback to WWE at Survivor Series 2023, signaling a new phase in his career.

As for Jack Perry, he would make his way to NJPW, where he is now known as ‘The Scapegoat’ and competed in the New Japan Cup. Dave Meltzer recently reported that Jack Perry apologized to Tony Khan following the AEW All In backstage incident.


According to Bryan Alvarez, Jack Perry is refuting claims that he repeatedly apologized or sought forgiveness in the months following his backstage altercation with CM Punk at last August’s AEW All In. Additionally, Perry denies any existing plans for a return to AEW.

Perry stated that he did not hear from AEW head Tony Khan for two months following the incident at London’s Wembley Stadium. He asserted that he never reached out to apologize and informed Khan’s lawyers that he would not initiate contact.

Eventually, Khan arranged an in-person meeting before Full Gear in Los Angeles to discuss potential comeback plans last December. However, with CM Punk’s return to WWE at Survivor Series, those plans were ultimately abandoned.

According to Perry, he didn’t hear from AEW head Tony Khan for two months following All In at London’s Wembley Stadium. Perry said he never texted to say he was sorry and told Khan’s lawyers he would not initiate first contact. Khan finally set up an in-person meeting before Full Gear in Los Angeles where they discussed plans to bring him back last December.

However, after Punk returned to WWE at Survivor Series, those plans were scrapped.”

As of now, Perry remains under contract with AEW, despite his request for release being denied. However, there are no current intentions to reintroduce him to the company. He has not communicated with Khan for several months and has not addressed his actions in storylines for NJPW, such as tearing up the AEW contract or his use of the term “scapegoat.”

Tony Khan also addressed Jack Perry’s NJPW run and had nothing but great things to say about him. Nevertheless, only time will tell whether Jack Perry will make his return to AEW somewhere down the line.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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