It seems like AEW is finally beginning to emerge from the shadow that CM Punk’s post-All Out media scrum comments cast, and Tony Khan doesn’t seem interested in discussing it any further. Following his main event match against Jon Moxley, the self-proclaimed Best In The World ripped into the company’s executive vice presidents (The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega) and shot on Hangman Adam Page and Colt Cabana. The comments came off as premeditated, based on unofficial footage of the scrum, and they lead to a physical altercation of some sort backstage.
The result was a suspension for Omega and The Young Bucks, while it isn’t clear where AEW stands with Punk. He was injured during his match with Moxley, so he did not need to be clearly suspended. He’ll miss at least six months recovering from his torn triceps, giving Punk and AEW more than enough time to figure out the future. For the time being, though, Tony Khan is focused on the present.
While appearing on Rock 105.3’s The Show, Khan was asked to talk about what he was thinking during Punk’s media scrum rant. “I can’t really comment on any of that,” he said before moving on to plug Wednesday Night Dynamite Grand Slam. Khan was then pressed for more details about the CM Punk situation, with the host asking him what was going on there. AEW’s founder and co-owner responded by saying, “what’s going on is, it’s the best show in pro wrestling tomorrow night [September 21] on TBS. AEW Dynamite Grand Slam.” Khan was later asked whether or not Punk’s comments took away from MJF’s return, to which he replied, “I’m not going to comment again on that,” before using the opportunity to put MJF over to the listeners. (h/t and thanks to Fightful.com for the transcription)
Tony Khan Has Handled The CM Punk Situation Well
It would have been easy for Khan to take this particular round of media appearances off. He had to have known that the CM punk questions were coming, given that AEW has kept quiet about what’s been going on since All Out. There have been some leaks, but nothing from the company or Khan proper. At this stage, it’s unknown how long the Being The Elite Crew is suspended or if CM Punk will be welcomed back when healthy.
Instead, Khan met that challenge head-on and spoke solo to various talk show hosts. He answered what he could and diverted attention from the negative toward Grand Slam. The show is one of the most important in AEW’s history because of the titles that are up for grabs and because of those who are not involved in the program. It’s the company’s chance to show that they don’t need CM Punk, Kenny Omega, or The Young Bucks to draw a big number, and that’d be an extraordinary statement for AEW just a few weeks after the post-All Out disaster.