CM Punk and Jack Perry were involved in a backstage incident that took place at AEW All In 2023 event.
Limited information is currently available regarding the altercation at AEW All. However, some details have emerged shedding light on the incident. It appears that the altercation occurred shortly before CM Punk’s match during the event.
Jack Perry, who faced Hook on Zero Hour pre-show at All In, executed a spot on a car’s windshield and made a comment about it being made of real glass. This was seemingly a jab at Punk in reference to a previous confrontation between the two during an AEW Collision taping last month where Perry was insisting on using real glass for a backstage segment.
There was a physical confrontation between CM Punk and Jack Perry right before CM Punk went through the curtain. Working on more details.— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) August 27, 2023
Fighful Select reported on Punk’s side of the story, where it is claimed that Perry approached him backstage after his match at All In. Perry allegedly got in Punk’s face and made physical contact,. In response, Punk allegedly pushed Perry and choked him when Perry allegedly came at him again. The specific details of the choke or who intervened to break it up have not been disclosed.
AEW Star Miro disputed this version of events via Twitter, calling them untrue. Fightful Select also reported on other accounts of the event where Punk threw a punch and initiated the confrontation by getting in Perry’s face and pushing him. It is also mentioned that Punk grabbed Perry in a front face lock before it was broken up.
CM Punk is still backstage at Wembley Stadium.— WrestlePurists (@WrestlePurists) August 27, 2023
Jack Perry was ordered to leave and is no longer at the Stadium.
– PWInsider pic.twitter.com/o4l7G0pZb5
It should be noted that this incident happened minutes before Punk’s opening match at AEW All In, and in the 15 minutes time space between Perry’s match on the pre-show and Punk’s match on the main show.
PWInsider has reported that Jack Perry was asked to leave the venue following the incident, while CM Punk remained at Wembley for a period before being requested to leave as well. Wrestling Observer indicates that both individuals were removed from the premises by security.
AEW President Tony Khan also confirmed the altercation during the post-show press conference. He refused to provide any details and said an investigation was going on.
CM Punk was previously suspended from AEW due to a similar backstage incident with Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks. Punk returned to the promotion after 9 months of absence and on a different show in AEW Collision.
Fightful Select also reported that Perry was dissatisfied with how the situation had been publicly portrayed by those close to Punk. Perry was accused of using glass to avoid working on the show the following week. However, Perry already had a pre-planned and approved vacation. Reports also came last month that several wrestlers, namely Hangman Page, Matt Hardy and Ryan Nemeth were asked to leave Collision venues due to issues with Punk.