The dust has yet to settle from AEW All Out PPV. However, it is not the event itself that is making headlines. It is what happened after the show that people are talking about. CM Punk won the AEW World Title from Jon Moxley in Chicago. After the match, The Joker, who won the Casino Ladder Match revealed himself to be the Devil himself MJF. That should have been the talk of the wrestling world. MJF returns after a long hiatus to renew his rivalry with Punk for the title.
Instead, the wrestling world is talking about CM Punk All Out Media Scrum, where he spoke about Colt Cabana, several EVPs of AEW including Hangman Adam Page, and numerous other items. His rant on Cabana was profanity-laced and it got several EVPs upset backstage. During the media scrum, a fight broke out between CM Punk, the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Ace Steele.
Here is what we know that has not been disputed by both parties:
First according to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com, CM Punk received major heat backstage for what he said and as Sapp noted “a couple of talent were told that some very important names were pissed off and threatening to walk out over this. Obviously, at this stage, we have to be cognizant of a possible work.”
A couple of talent were told that some very important names were pissed off and threatening to walk out over this.
Obviously at this stage, we have to be cognizant of a possible work. https://t.co/VkVled1jmM
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) September 5, 2022
According to Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer (F4WOnline.com),
“Apparently there was an altercation after [Punk] left the press conference. He was obviously very mad, and we had multiple, multiple sources stating that there was an altercation. I wasn’t there, I don’t know everything that happened, but many people said that there was an altercation between Punk and the Young Bucks. I don’t know who else was there, but it happened, and everybody knew about it, and a security guard did in fact go running out of the press conference.”
“I would presume that there were people that did the press conference that knew this had happened, but Tony Khan did not know that it had happened because Tony Khan did not have his phone and nobody told him until after.”
From there, things get really interesting depending on where you get your information.
Neither the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Ace Steele, and CM Punk are not denying the following. Per Alvarez and Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, the parties engaged in a fight. The Bucks along with Omega entered Punk’s locker room after he spoke to the media. Again nobody knows who exactly through the first punch. But nobody is denying that Punk threw punches at Matt Jackson. Punk’s trainer Ace Steel was involved as he threw a chair that hit Nick Jackson in the eye. From all reports, Nick is fine. Steel also grabbed Omega by his hair and apparently bit him.
For those that think this is a work, according to Alvarez and Meltzer, there are pending legal issues involving both parties. Not to mention Steel’s wife was in the room at the time and is dealing with a broken foot. It was a dangerous situation for her to be in.
Both Fightful and FW4 Online noted that Tony Khan was only made aware of the backstage fight after he was done meeting with the media as Khan did not have his phone with him. The company remains tight-lipped on the matter as they continue to sort out what happened.
Recall, Eddie Kingston was suspended for two weeks for getting into a backstage altercation with Sammy Guevara. They were originally scheduled for a match at All Out and that changed. Punk is the World Champion as he heads into his feud with MJF. The Bucks and Omega just were crowned inaugural Trios Champs. There is a lot to sort out. It is an ongoing situation.
There has been a lot of backstage news involving AEW recently surrounding the locker room. We can only speculate what is going on. However, the mess post-AEW All Out has overshadowed what was a great weekend of wrestling.
Stay Tuned to Full Press Wrestling as things develop.
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