As AEW Dynamite heads to Buffalo for the post All Out PPV edition of the show… news continues to swirl about the backstage brawl that happened following CM Punk’s media scrum. As we reported yesterday, the parties are not talking. Neither the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, CM Punk, Ace Steel, and Tony Khan have yet to release any statements in regards to the incident that occurred Sunday night. Changes to the show are occurring as we speak.
CM Punk, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks will not be at this week’s edition of Dynamite. Though all four were originally scheduled to be there. In addition, Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley have been added to the card. However, there are reports going around that Omega and the Bucks have been suspended. In addition, Punk along with Steel may be gone from the company.
Suspensions Coming for Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks
According to Justin Barrasso of SI.com, all three members of the Elite (Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson) have been suspended for their role in the altercation late Sunday night/early Monday morning.
“Punishment for that backstage fight, Sports Illustrated has learned, will include suspensions for every person involved. The list of those receiving suspensions includes Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson, Pat Buck, Christopher Daniels, Michael Nakazawa, and Brandon Cutler. Multiple sources have shared that Punk and Ace Steel will either be among those suspended or will no longer be with the company by the end of Wednesday.”
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Omega and the Bucks won the AEW World Trios Titles on Sunday at All Out.
CM Punk’s Future With AEW
Barrasso’s sources also indicate there is a third-party investigation into the matter that occurred following All Out. In addition, CM Punk had a meeting with AEW President Tony Khan on Tuesday to address his status with the company. There is a chance Punk could be gone from AEW before the start of Wednesday’s show. If he is gone, that meeting was to discuss an exit strategy on how things will be handled.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com believes Punk will either be let go by AEW or have to make amends in order to stay. According to Sapp, there is a lot of heat with Punk backstage for what happened.
Haven’t got any official word on that or suspensions. There are so many rampant “done deal” rumors about what is happening, that it’s getting almost impossible to verify.
AEW isn’t talking, Tony Khan, Punk Bucks, Omega, Ace Steel aren’t.
A lot of conjecture and expectations
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) September 6, 2022
Of note Hangman Adam Page, who was the subject of Punk’s tirade along with Colt Cabana, had already exited the building. In addition, FTR, who are friends with CM Punk had also exited the building. There are reports coming out that Punk injured himself either with Moxley in the title match or during the altercation.
What Lies Ahead
This is a tricky time for AEW as they head into the fall with their television with Warner coming up. Chris Jericho tried to ease things over in the locker room. He told reporters that guys have to be careful what they say as AEW is being watched closely. They do not need any bad press right now as WWE is gaining steam with Triple H in charge of creative.
Now, as Barrasso notes Punk stated two weeks ago to SI.com that he is there to sell tickets and draw ratings. Real-life storylines sell. And if AEW was to turn this into a work shoot with The Elite, CM Punk, and FTR that would be remarkable. However, right now this is not the case.
There is no denying Punk is a draw. He sold out the United Center on a rumour he was returning to wrestling. Punk has helped AEW get multiple million-dollar gates since his return. But the fact of the matter remains that AEW needs to get its house in order. Regardless of who think is at fault, everyone is to blame for this getting out of control.
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