With very passing day it appears less and less likely that CM Punk will ever wrestle in an AEW ring again. Following reports that the star has been in talks with All Elite Wrestling over a contract buy out, it has now been reported that a top star is adamant he won’t be returning.
CM Punk set the wrestling world alight at at the post-AEW All Out media scrum where he opened fire on the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Adam Page and Colt Cabana. This tirade came after there had already been reports of unrest between Punk and Page.
Following the scrum, there was a brawl backstage between Punk and Ace Steel and The Elite. It was reported that punches and chairs were thrown, while all involved were later suspended. However, The Elite were in attendance at the October 25th edition of Dynamite, and it’s expected they will return to TV soon, although the situation appears very different for CM Punk.
“The Collective Decided CM Punk Was Voted Off The Island”
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer noted that one top star said star Punk would not be back. Furthermore, there were “key top names” wouldn’t work with him if he did end up returning.
“In Norfolk on 10/26, it was noted that several of the top people were saying that Punk would not be back. A few names were mentioned with Chris Jericho being the name mentioned most but that many if not most of the key top names were saying that they wouldn’t work with him.
One top star noted, “Punk won’t be back. His value on screen isn’t one percent worth the hassle and black cloud he causes backstage.”
Another top star noted the team has decided he’s out and regardless of some being willing to work with him, the collective decided that he was voted off the island.”
These comments come after it was reported that Chris Jericho spoke directly with CM Punk about his conduct at the media scrum, and the altercation that followed. It was claimed that Jericho told Punk he was a “cancer” in the locker room and a detriment to the company.