CM Punk’s highly anticipated debut in AEW promised an exciting new chapter in his storied career. However, as Punk’s journey in the promotion encountered hurdles, his candid remarks during an interview on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani shed light on his frustrations with AEW’s management, particularly President Tony Khan.

In the interview, Punk didn’t mince words when assessing Khan’s leadership, suggesting that Khan’s amiable nature may be detriment to the company’s success. Punk’s blunt assessment, labeling Khan as “not a boss,” stirred controversy within the wrestling community and raised questions about the internal dynamics of AEW.

“He’s not a boss. He’s a nice guy. And I think ultimately that is a detriment to the company. But it’s not my company. I’m an outsider.”

Following Punk’s remarks, Tony Khan was questioned about the situation during a media call for ROH Supercard of Honor. However, Khan opted to steer clear of the topic, politely declining to comment and redirecting the focus towards the event at hand. This response, while not unexpected, underscored Khan’s reluctance to engage in public discourse regarding Punk’s criticisms.


“I’d prefer not to talk about that. I’d really rather focus on the card and Supercard of Honor, but thanks for asking. I do appreciate you asking, and there’s plenty of interesting things we can talk about here.”

Although Cody Rhodes expressed disagreement with Punk’s assessment of Khan, Tony Khan’s muted response suggests a desire to avoid further escalation of the situation. It remains to be seen whether Khan will address the issue in the future or if it will fade into obscurity.

The lack of a substantial response from Khan may come as no surprise, given the delicate nature of the matter and the potential implications for AEW’s public image. As the wrestling world awaits further developments, the fallout from Punk’s remarks continues to fuel speculation and intrigue among fans and industry insiders alike.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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