As reported last night, right before All In went on the air, CM Punk and Jack Perry got into an incident. Per Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, Punk and Perry have both been suspended pending an investigation into the incident. Neither will work All Out.
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More details are coming out about what exactly happened right before All In went on the air live from Wembley Stadium. It would not be an AEW PPV without some controversy. Something the company does not need right, considering Tony Khan stated the company is better than it has ever been.
Again, the incident stems from a summer episode of Collision where Perry wanted to use real glass to set up an injury angle to take some time off for vacation. Punk was not a fan of that and told Perry we do not do that around here.
During his match with Hook on Zero Hour, Perry shouted to the camera, “That’s real glass, go cry me a river.” Thus leading to what happened backstage.
The following is from Nick Hausman of Haus of Wrestling:
From what we are told, Punk was waiting in the Gorilla position before the show went live for his match against Samoa Joe when Perry entered the area and walked up to him. Punk initiated the verbal exchange between the two, asking Perry if he had something to say, and the conversation quickly escalated, leading to Perry asking Punk to “do something about it.”
This is when Punk shoved Perry, Perry responded by shoving Punk back, and then Punk put him in what is being described as a chokehold. We’re told Punk viewed putting Perry in a chokehold as a way to neutralize the situation, as he’s a trained fighter and does not want to have to fight Perry. No punches were thrown, as far as we know.
Punk then walked to his dressing room, got cleaned up, and spoke with AEW security. Punk, knowing that the situation was not good, asked them if it would be better for everyone if he left the building and was told that nobody was asking him to leave, but it might make things easier if he did. Punk agreed, left the building of his own accord, walked to his hotel, and ordered Nandos for some of the talent, whom he met up with after the show.
From what we gather, it does not sound like there has been much, if any, communication between Punk and AEW since last night. Considering everything that is going on, it is fair to say that Punk’s future with AEW, and pro wrestling in general, appears to be questionable. We will continue to bring you more on this situation as it develops.
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