All Elite Wrestling fired CM Punk earlier today after an investigation was carried out into the fight between Punk and “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry backstage at AEW All In last Sunday.
AEW President Tony Khan opened tonight’s episode of Collision in Chicago by addressing his decision to fire Punk.
He said that Punk endangered the lives of innocent people backstage, which is why he had to terminate his contract. He also stated that he felt endangered at a pro wrestling show for the first time ever because of Punk.
“Never have I ever felt that my security, my safety, my life was in danger at a wrestling show.”
During Punk’s fight with Perry, monitors fell on Khan and Punk almost got aggressive with him when he was separated from Perry. Punk also had some harsh words for Khan on the day of All In.
Khan also addressed fans before the show went on air and got booed by the Chicago crowd. Some fans chanted “Shut the f**k up” at him.
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You can read AEW’s complete statement regarding Punk’s firing below:
“All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has terminated the wrestler and employment agreements between Phillip Brooks (CM Punk) and AEW with cause, effective immediately. The termination was confirmed today by Tony Khan, CEO, General Manager and Head of Creative of AEW.
The termination follows a weeklong internal investigation of an incident occurring back stage at AEW — All In London on Sunday, August 27. Following the investigation, the AEW Discipline Committee met and later convened with outside legal counsel before making a unanimous recommendation to Khan that CM Punk be terminated with cause.
Khan offered the following statement:
“Phil played an important role within AEW and I thank him for his contributions. The termination of his AEW contracts with cause is ultimately my decision, and mine alone. Of course, I wish I didn’t have to share this news, which may come as a disappointment to many of our fans. Nevertheless, I am making the decision in the best interests of the many amazing people who make AEW possible every week — our talent, staff, venue operators and many others whose efforts are unsung but essential to bringing our fans great shows on television and at arenas and stadiums throughout the world.””
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