An update has emerged on recent rumors surrounding AEW’s CM Punk and potential negotiations for him to sign with WWE.
Rumors had circulated recently, although not from any kind of reliable source, that Ace Steel was present at Royal Rumble last month, and may have been there to have talks about Punk possibly joining the company.
Steel had a big part in training Punk in the early days of his career and the two have remained close, with Punk playing a part in the reason AEW hired Steel after he was let go by WWE last year.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer rubbished the Royal Rumble rumors.
Meltzer explained Punk joining WWE wouldn’t be possible at this point as he’s still under contract with AEW.
Even the claim that Steel was at Royal Rumble was inaccurate according to Meltzer, so basically the whole story was false from the start.
Ace Steel, real name Chris Guy, was fired from AEW in the aftermath of the post-All Out incident backstage that involved him, Punk and the Elite.
Punk and the Elite were temporarily suspended, as were several other names who were present, but Steel was released from his contract completely.
There were reports a while back from Meltzer that Punk and AEW were discussing terms for him to be released, but got caught up on a release clause, which would suggest 1) AEW was concerned about Punk potentially joining WWE, and 2) Punk, at the very least, wasn’t ruling it out.
However, there’s been no such movement on a release and Punk is still under AEW contract.
In fact, there’s been heightened talk recently about him possibly returning, as AEW needs an injection of life right now and he should have recovered from his injury in a couple of months.
However, the latest update on his relationship with the Elite (including Adam Page) was that fences have not yet been mended.
The issues stemmed from Punk believing the EVPs had leaked a story about Punk preventing Colt Cabana from being involved with AEW since his debut, and Page attempting to reference the real-life backstage tensions on TV, which Punk didn’t know he was going to do.
Things boiled over after All Out when Punk embarked on a verbal tirade during the post-show press conference, and a fight was then said to have broke out backstage that was essentially Punk and Steel vs the Elite (Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks with Page not present).
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