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Jaxson Ryker Hits Out At CM Punk’s Pro-Choice Shirt

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Ex-WWE Superstar Jaxson Ryker has responded to CM Punk’s show of support for abortion rights on this week’s AEW Dynamite.

The 18 May episode of AEW Dynamite featured CM Punk showing his support for abortion rights by wearing a t-shirt that read, “Abortion rights are human rights!”. Abortion is currently a hot topic in the United States with the news that the legal right to abortion – thanks to the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling – may soon be overturned.

While many showed their support alongside ‘The Best in the World’, one former WWE Superstar wasn’t quite as cheerful at Punk’s choice of fashion. Jaxson Ryker took to social media while Dynamite was still on-air, voicing his displeasure surrounding abortion. The former Forgotten Sons man tweeted:

“How is wearing an ‘Abortion rights are human rights’ shirt on live TV stand for human rights? Aborting a baby is taking away that living breathing child’s rights. Truly sad. That baby has rights. It’s a human. Jesus change hearts. Jesus we need you.”

CM Punk wore the t-shirt while providing commentary for the evening’s second match, which saw current AEW World Champion ‘Hangman’ Adam Page defeat DDT Pro-Wrestling’s Konosuke Takeshita. Punk is currently scheduled to challenge Page for the championship at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view on 29 May.

Jaxson Ryker, meanwhile, has wrestled just three times since his WWE release, securing wins for the Alternative Pro Wrestling, Texoma Pro Wrestling, and Revolution Wrestling Authority companies. He’s once again wrestling under the alias of Gunner, the moniker he utilised in the now-IMPACT Wrestling.

Ryker achieved little success in WWE, which can be contributed to his controversial tweet in support of then-US President Donald Trump that came at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd. He was removed from WWE television in June 2020 as a result, only resurfacing at the end of the year.

At the time of his release on 18 November, Jaxson Ryker was a Main Event mainstay.