CM Punk has been fired by All Elite Wrestling with immediate effect.
Punk – real name Phillip Brooks – was widely reported to have had a backstage altercation with fellow AEW wrestler Jack Perry during the massive All In London show at Wembley Stadium last Sunday (August 27).
AEW boss Tony Khan today (September 2) confirmed that following a week-long investigation and a unanimous recommendation from the AEW Discipline Committee, Punk's contract with the company had been terminated.
"Phil played an important role within AEW and I thank him for his contributions," said Khan.
Statement from All Elite Wrestling and Tony Khan pic.twitter.com/3MtW6MkGDf
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) September 2, 2023
"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."
He added: "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 areas and stadiums throughout the world."
After walking out of the WWE back in January 2014, there had long been hopes, rumours and talk of a wrestling comeback.
His time with AEW was initially a massive success, but he was suspended from the company following the controversial media scrum after he won the AEW World Championship against Jon Moxley at All Out.
During the press conference, Punk took verbal shots at AEW EVPs Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, as well as Adam Page. There was later a physical altercation backstage.
Punk, who was injured during the match, also vacated the title.
On his long-awaited return from injury and suspension, Punk took to wearing his vacated title, dubbed the "Real World Championship", which he defended against Samoa Joe at All In London in what appears to be his final moments with AEW.
Prior to the incident in London and his subsequent termination, Punk had been expected to appear at All Out 2023 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, where he would have been welcomed as a hometown hero.
Punk had been the main attraction of AEW Collision, a new Saturday night show that launched this summer.
During Punk's previous suspension from AEW there had been rumours of a possible return to WWE, especially given Vince McMahon's short-lived-absence from the company.
However, McMahon's return as executive chairman is believed to have made this unlikely scenario even less probable.
Catch AEW Dynamite live every Thursday at 1am in the UK and Rampage every Saturday at 3am on FITE with an AEW Plus subscription. US customers can also watch Dynamite on TBS and Rampage on TNT, and in the UK, Dynamite repeats air on ITV4.
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