CM Punk requested to work with another AEW name after All Out.
These plans of course did not come to pass after the now infamous All Out Media Scrum resulted in Punk’s suspension, as well as Punk suffering a torn triceps during his match with Jon Moxley.
During an appearance on Renee Paquette’s podcast ‘The Sessions‘, Stokely Hathaway recalled CM Punk’s request to work with him.
“Everything that was supposed to happen with The Firm did not happen. Back at All Out, and what happened immediately after the pay-per-view, that’s a huge part of it. Who we were supposed to directly feud with is no longer in the company.”
CM Punk won the AEW World Championship from Jon Moxley at All Out.
The event ended with MJF signalling that his eye was on the title next.
MJF and The Firm have been involved in a story in the build-up to MJF’s title win at Full Gear, which ended up being against Moxley instead of Punk.
Hathaway noted it was ‘difficult’ to change plans and continued:
“That is one thing I was looking forward to because I was hand chosen for that role. I’m just going to say it, I don’t know the specifics if people are choosing sides or whatever, but for me, the fact that CM Punk said, ‘Hey, I want to work with this guy,’ it holds a lot of weight and means a lot, regardless of what has happened, what will happen.
“When that didn’t happen anymore, it was literally re-writing everything on the fly. Everyone in the group is trying to do their best and we’re trying to figure out how to make this work because the original purpose isn’t the purpose anymore, so it’s like, what do you do?
“Things are slowly gearing up, it’s just going to take a few weeks. With the way wrestling is nowadays, I get it, first impressions are everything, but it’s a little difficult to change people’s minds.
“Most people don’t want to see Picasso work on his painting, they just want to see s**t done. That’s the phase we’re in, we’re working on it, but people don’t want to see it worked on, they want to see the finished product.”
Hathaway is the manager of the AEW faction, The Firm.
In the weeks leading up to All Out, The Firm formed and consists of Austin & Colten Gunn, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty, & W Morrissey.
CM Punk’s status with AEW is currently unclear.
Until now, the most recent word was that Punk was still officially under contract with AEW after talks for a buyout of his contract had stalled due to negotiations over a non-compete clause.
However, in the same interview, Hathway seemingly suggested that CM Punk is ‘no longer in AEW’. You can read more about this right here.
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