News emerged today – Saturday, September 2, 2023 – that CM Punk had been fired from All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Naturally, one of the first topics of conversation that opens up is the possibility of Punk returning to WWE at some point.
It turns out Punk hasn’t only been on fans’ minds, but also the minds of people in WWE.
With Payback taking place tonight, there has been something of a backstage reaction to the Punk news.
According to Fightful Select, Punk’s firing was “heavily discussed” backstage at Payback.
There was no further elaboration on specifics, but it’s clear he’s a topic of conversation at the very least.
There are some details of the backstage reaction in AEW to Punk’s firing, which you can read about at this link.
AEW today announced the following:
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has terminated the wrestler and employment agreements between Phillip Brooks (CM Punk) and AEW with cause, effective immediately.
The termination was confirmed today by Tony Khan, CEO General Manager and Head of Creative of AEW.
The termination follows a weeklong internal investigation of an incident occurring back stage at AEW – All In in London on Sunday, August 27.
Following the investigation, the AEW Discipline Committee met and later convened with outside legal counsel before making a unanimous decision to Khan that CM Punk be terminated with cause.
Tony Khan was quoted as saying:
“Phil played an important role within AEW and I thank him for his contributions.
“The termination of his AEW contracts with cause is ultimately my decision, and mine alone.
“Of course, I wish I didn’t have to share this news, which may come as a disappointment to many of our fans.
“Nevertheless, I am making the decision in the best interests of the many amazing people who make AEW possible every week – our talent, staff, venue operators and many others whose efforts are unsung but essential to bringing our fans great shows on television at at arenas and stadiums throughout the world.”
We’ll keep you posted with any further updates.
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