Samoa Joe’s involvement in the backstage altercation involving CM Punk at AEW All In at Wembley Stadium in London has been revealed.
Following the pre-show match between Jack Perry and HOOK, and before the opening match of the main show between CM Punk and Samoa Joe, there was a backstage altercation between Perry and Punk which has led to them both being suspended.
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Samoa Joe took a leadership role backstage to keep things on track.
Another person said that many of the wrestlers think both Perry and Punk were at fault, and when the talent found out, they got more motivated to put on great matches.
“It kind of brought everyone together and Samoa Joe was a real leader” was one comment made.
He goes on to state that the announcers were told to stall while all this was going on backstage.
With Punk vs Joe planned as the opening match, this came into question due to Punk’s situation, so, after asking FTR and the Young Bucks who weren’t ready, the decision was effectively made that the trios match with Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Konosuke Takeshita vs Kenny Omega, Hangman Page and Kota Ibushi, would open instead.
However, it was Samoa Joe who was able to convince Punk to go out and have the opening match as had been planned initially. Meltzer wrote:
The belief is that Joe convinced Punk to have their match and the show then went in the order it was originally scheduled to go.
Tony Khan stated yesterday that he can’t comment on the situation as it is still currently under investigation.
Punk’s suspension may have led to a change of plans for AEW All Out on September 3 in his hometown of Chicago.
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