CM Punk has confirmed that Tony Khan told him wasn’t allowed to give up the AEW World Championship despite his recent injury woes.
On the June 3rd edition of AEW Rampage, it was announced that CM Punk would be appearing to address his future.
While many fans feared the worst, Punk walked gingerly to the ring with tears in his eyes. He explained how difficult the situation was and that every bone in his body had told him to go home, but his gut told him to face the world. The champion then revealed that he is set to undergo surgery, however, despite initially feeling he should relinquish the World Title, he was informed by AEW President Tony Khan that he didn’t need to.
It has since been announced that a Battle Royal will open the June 8th edition of Dynamite, where the winner will face top-ranked Jon Moxley in the main event. The winner of that match will then advance to take on the winner of Hiroshi Tanahashi and Hirooki Goto who meet at NJPW Dominion at Forbidden Door.
The announcement on Rampage was met with confusion as despite Punk appearing to say he wasn’t giving up the title, on commentary, Chris Jericho repeatedly said that he had.
Speaking on the latest episode of AEW’s “Road To…” series, Punk confirmed that he was prepared to hand over his World Championship, but the AEW President told him he wouldn’t allow it.
“I wasn’t as clear as I should have been. I offered to relinquish the title and Tony told me that under no circumstances was I allowed to do that. It means a lot to me that this place believes in me enough to let me go get fixed,”
CM Punk won the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing with victory over Hangman Adam Page. At time of writing it remains unclear as to how long Punk will be out of action.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.