Following his AEW World Championship match with Jon Moxley in the main event of the All Out PPV last year, CM Punk ranted about his problems with The Elite during the pay-per-view’s post-show media scrum and took multiple shots at Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks and “Hangman” Adam Page.
This led to a brawl between the two sides backstage, and they were suspended from AEW by President Tony Khan for several months while the incident was being investigated.
AEW Producer Ace Steel (a close friend of CM Punk) was on Punk’s side during the brawl and he allegedly bit Kenny Omega when the two sides were fighting.
According to Fightful Select, Steel is still under contract with AEW, but hasn’t been seen. He was informed before the debut of Collision that he was viewed as an “insurance risk”, and wouldn’t be allowed at the shows.
Steel met Tony Khan and it was decided that he’d be able to return to AEW, but won’t be on the road with the company. He’s also allowed to suggest things for Punk and work for companies outside of AEW.
It was also noted that Steel’s contract with AEW is set to expire in Fall 2024, and he received back pay for the time he was away from the company.
Speaking of Punk, he’s scheduled to face ROH TV Champion Samoa Joe at AEW’s All In pay-per-view at the Wembley Stadium on August 27th. No word yet on if Punk’s “real” AEW World Championship will be on the line or not.
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