CM Punk was terminated by All Elite Wrestling today following an internal investigation into a backstage altercation between him and Jack Perry at AEW: All In London. His termination from the company comes just a few days before the one-year anniversary of his infamous AEW: All Out media scrum, where he denied rumors he held Colt Cabana back in AEW and took aim at The Elite, who he perceived as not capable of leading the company.
Following the scrum, Punk, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and others were involved in a locker room brawl that resulted in those holding titles being stripped of them, and all included being taken off TV. In the months since, tensions between The Elite camp and CM Punk’s have remained frosty, at best. While Punk has been open to clearing the air, he has been told by lawyers that no communication is welcome.
Haus of Wrestling has learned that a sit-down with the relevant members of The Elite, CM Punk, and Tony Khan was scheduled to take place last week, ahead of AEW: All In London, but was called off at the last minute by The Elite’s camp. From what we understand, it was going to take place in Atlanta, and Tony Khan would have been present.
The summit was intended to bury the hatchet between both sides ahead of the historic AEW pay-per-view, and the cancellation of it appears to have added to Punk’s overall frustrations with the situation heading into the event.