Backstage AEW News On CM Punk, FTR, And The Elite

It has been another CM Punk-fueled news week that was kick-started this past Saturday night when The Second City Saint cut a controversial post-AEW Collision promo. During his comments, Punk took aim at “Hangman” Adam Page, who he alleges can’t move merchandise, and The Elite overall, who have claimed to be the heart and soul of the promotion. The stories accelerated on Monday when word began to make the rounds that Page intended to shoot a backstage promo at Collision but was told to shoot it away from the arena, leading some to believe Punk had requested he not be on the premises.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that Page was asked to stay away on Saturday night as a way to “keep the peace” in regard to the tension between Punk and The Elite. It was noted that there are conflicting opinions backstage about whether this was a Punk call. Haus of Wrestling was not able to confirm that Punk had anything to do with Page’s removal, only that the “Real” AEW World Champion did not want Christopher Daniels and Ryan Nemeth at the venue. What we have been able to confirm is that Punk felt bad about how his post-show comments about Page came across and later sent the anxious, millennial cowboy an apology text.

As we have reported and is corroborated in the Observer, Punk and his camp are still open to a sit-down meeting with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega to smooth things over, but it does not appear that meeting has manifested. The same cannot be said for Punk’s good friends Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, as FTR apparently buried the hatchet with The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Adam Page some time ago.

Before getting back on the same page, FTR and The Young Bucks, in particular, had been at odds over issues with their last AEW feud and, of course, Punk. With fences mended, once Tony Khan proposed that their rubber match take place at AEW All In, both sides quickly said yes.