AEW have seemingly gone back on an announced partnership with the Susan G. Komen For The Cure breast cancer charity after a social media backlash which caused CM Punk to respond.
On October 19th AEW’s shop account sent out a tweet announcing the release of a new range of merchandise to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The post said that some of the proceeds from sales would do to the Susan G. Komen for The Cure breast cancer charity.
However, after significant social media backlash, the post was taken down. Susan G. Komen who have enjoyed a long relationship with WWE, have previously courted controversy over levels of pay to high ranking staff as well as concerns over where donations to the charity actually end up.
Many fans also brought up past comments by CM Punk, where he criticised the charity.
After the offending tweet was taken down, Punk tweeted the following:
Hey everybody. pic.twitter.com/bks7NaX4AJ
— player/coach (@CMPunk) October 19, 2021
While AEW haven’t addressed the situation directly, they have since posted a new tweet with the merchandise writing that “a portion of the proceeds will go to fight cancer.”
The company are currently gearing up for another weekend of action with the a special Saturday night edition of Dynamite taking place on October 23rd.
Across Dynamite and the previous night’s Rampage, a new AEW World Title Eliminator tournament gets underway to crown a new number one contender. The victor will earn an AEW World Title shot against the winner of the clash between Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page at Full Gear.