In a statement released today by All Elite Wrestling’s CEO, General Manager, and Head of Creative Tony Khan, it was announced that the relationship between AEW and Phil Brooks “CM Punk” has been ended effective immediately.
This comes just a week out from the biggest show in AEW’s tenure, All In, which drew over 80,000 fans to Wembley Stadium in London on August 27, 2023.
As reported by wrestling news outlets worldwide, CM Punk and fellow wrestler Jack Perry physically brawled backstage during the show, off-air and unscripted.
The fight broke out due to CM Punk’s concerns over comments Jack Perry made during his match against Hook for the FTW Championship. After utilizing the windshield of a car in their contest, Perry spoke directly into the camera stating “It’s real glass. Cry me a river.” It is said this was a reference to recommendations Punk made to Perry before the show to use stage glass for their safety.
After the comments made on live TV, Punk confronted Perry over the statement. He let Perry know that Punk could “take him” in a real fight and launched an attack that had to be broken up by fellow wrestlers and AEW officials.
It is also reported that after the incident, CM Punk’s opponent for the night Samoa Joe (Twisted Metal) had to convince Punk to take part in their scheduled contest.
This is the second backstage physical altercation Phil Brooks “CM Punk” has found himself in. Last year, after the AEW Media Scrum for 2022’s event All Out, Punk had a heated exchange that came to blows with members of the famed “Bullet Club,” the Young Bucks Matt & Nick Jackson as well as Kenny Omega.
With this, the “Real World’s Championship” will likely become vacant. It will only be a matter of time before AEW reveals its creative plans for the title.
AEW airs new episodes multiple times a week. Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite on TBS, AEW Rampage Friday on TNT, and Saturday’s AEW Collision on TNT.