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Startling Backstage Speculation On CM Punk Never Wrestling For AEW Again

AEW fans have been wondering whether or not they’ll ever see him back with the promotion again. Some concerning speculation on that has emerged.

The future of CM Punk in AEW has been up in the air since the post-All Out media scrum on September 4, and some recent speculation doesn’t make a return sound too promising. Following the most recent pay-per-view, Punk went nuclear on All Elite Wrestling’s EVPs (The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega), Colt Cabana, and Hangman Adam Page, among other things. He called out wrestling journalists for not disclosing who they’re friends with while stating that he’s tired, hurt, and sick of working with children. All while AEW founder and co-owner Tony Khan was at his side.


It was one of the darkest days in the company’s brief history, and the ramifications of CM Punk’s comments are still being felt weeks later. Omega and The Young Bucks are still suspended, and AEW was forced to crown a new World Champion after the self-proclaimed Best In The World injured himself during his main event match against Jon Moxley at All Out. Punk is recovering from surgery and was expected to miss at least six months. At least one prominent wrestling journalist doesn’t believe that AEW fans will ever see CM Punk back inside the ring for the company again, however.

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On a recent edition of the radio show, Wade Keller broke down what happened on AEW Dynamite Grand Slam. He noted that Punk wasn’t mentioned as a former holder of the ROH World Championship, which Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Jericho were wrestling for. “I think this is noteworthy but not surprising [that] he excluded CM Punk’s name as he talked about some of the biggest names who have held the title,” Keller noted. “That’s a bit of a tell. As I talked with Jason Powell yesterday about, I am not expecting CM Punk to wrestle in AEW again. I’m not saying it’s 100 percent sure thing, but everything is pointing in the direction of some sort of buyout of his contract. We’ll learn more eventually about that situation.” (h/t and thank you to for the transcription)

A Not-So Grand Finale For CM Punk

If All Out is the last time fans see Punk wrestle for AEW, it’ll mean that many unfulfilled promises got left on the table. Tony Khan has repeatedly said that The Voice Of The Voiceless has been an actual needle mover for All Elite Wrestling, with his appearances pushing pay-per-view buys and viewership to new heights.

His time in AEW would be primarily remembered as a tale of two runs. Leading up to his first title match against Adam Page, the story centered on whether or not the veteran would be able to keep up with the new generation of wrestlers. Once he had the World Championship around his waist, things began to crumble. The summer of Punk never came to fruition, as he injured himself before ever being able to defend the title. Khan again chose to put the belt back on him at All Out, and again, CM Punk injured himself before laying waste to AEW in front of the gathered media. As Keller stressed, he’s not 100 percent certain that Punk and AEW are through, but if they are, it’ll be a sad end to what could have been a fruitful relationship.

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