AEW has announced that the promotion has terminated their contract with their top star CM Punk.
AEW and Tony Khan announced on Twitter that the company has chosen to end the contract with CM Punk. This decision comes following an investigation related to Punk and a backstage incident involving Jack Perry at AEW All In.
Tony Khan also stated that he made this decision with the highest respect for the numerous exceptional individuals who are integral to AEW’s weekly achievements, including staff, wrestlers, venue operators, and more.
Statement from All Elite Wrestling and Tony Khan pic.twitter.com/3MtW6MkGDf— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 2, 2023
Following the announcement, Tony Khan was heavily booed in CM Punk’s hometown Chicago where AEW Collision is being taped tonight. Khan explained in his promo at the arena that the decision came after he feared for his safety at a show, and people don’t work here to be put in danger. Tony Khan also mentions that the decision to terminate CM Punk’s contract was unanimous and made by a disciplinary committee.
CM Punk made his debut with AEW in August 2021, marking his return to wrestling after an absence since 2014. In AEW Punk has won the AEW Championship two times, he is currently the Real World Champion.
Punk also faced a suspension from AEW in 2022 after the AEW All Out 2022 PPV event due to a backstage incident involving him and The Elite, comprising Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. Due to this incident, he was out from September 2022 until his return in June 2023.
CM Punk surely has a great fan base, but as he departs from AEW, his future in wrestling remains uncertain and awaits clarification. Punk recently defended his AEW Real World Champion against Samoa Joe at AEW All In 2023 PPV event.