The entire wrestling world has been consumed by the drama that followed CM Punk’s AEW All Out media scrum. Including some people who work for WWE.
Despite a weekend chock full of great wrestling matches, the entire community seems only to be paying attention to CM Punk‘s post-All Out media scrum comments, including those from AEW‘s top competition, WWE. The freshly crowned World Champion utilized the platform All Elite Wrestling gave him to take significant shots at the company’s EVPs, along with Hangman Adam Page. Tony Khan was visibly exasperated during Punk’s seemingly endless tirade and even tried to jump in and prevent any further damage from being done. It was too late, though, and the Second City Saint was reportedly met with a physical confrontation backstage from the same people he’d just spent upwards of five minutes ripping on.
There’s so much fire here that it’d almost be impossible for everything reported over the last day or so to be scripted and planned. Situations like this can sometimes feel like a work, but at least three highly trusted sources have corroborated this story. Nothing is impossible, but the likelihood is excellent that Punk (along with Ace Steel) got into some physical altercation with The Young Bucks. Kenny Omega was apparently in the area, but his involvement hasn’t been confirmed at this time.
It sounds like news of the backstage drama made its way to WWE, where at least a handful of people wanted details on what all had gone down. Fightful Select recently reported the following: “There were numerous WWE talent that reached out to Fightful to get the notes of what all went down, as well as details behind the skirmish at AEW All Out.” [sic] They also added that “Another longtime main eventer told us that they considered Punk’s actions unprofessional, and don’t believe he’s the company man or leader that he made himself out to be. That same person would call Punk ‘selfish and arrogant.’ This sentiment was echoed by several we spoke to, including some talent that worked on set with Punk at FOX.“
CM Punk & AEW Making Headlines For The Wrong Reasons
Blending reality and wrestling have been a pretty standard approach since the Monday Night Wars, but this has gone too far. At least one person backstage at All Out felt that lives could have been in danger had things escalated. This is the kind of situation that sticks in the minds of both fans and wrestlers, though.
With backstage morale reportedly good under Triple H, why would anyone jump WWE’s ship for AEW anytime soon? The reports of there being a lot of upset people in AEW have been flowing over the last month, and one has to wonder: if the top guys in the company are angry and the folks who aren’t on television are also upset, who, exactly is happy in AEW right now?
Source: Fightful Select