All Elite Wrestling held their All Out PPV Event last September 4th from the NOW Arena in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Immediately following the All Out PPV Event, a media scrum would take place and a major brawl would ensue between CM Punk, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Ace Steel following CM Punk’s comments on The Elite and that would lead to AEW stripping Punk and the Elite of their championships and being suspended indefinitely alongside AEW producer Pat Buck, Christopher Daniels, Michael Nakazawa and Brandon Cutler, some of which have already made their returns, while Ace Steel, Punk’s close friend, has been released due to his involvement in the brawl.
Former AEW World Champion CM Punk is one of the most outspoken and controversial personalities in all of pro wrestling, but he is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in all of pro wrestling as well. The former AEW and WWE World Champion is most notably known for his 434-day reign as WWE Champion and the pipebomb promo he cut during his WWE days, but it has been discussed that Punk isn’t expected to make a return to AEW following the events that transpired at the post-AEW All Out media scrum. It was also reported that a contract buyout will most likely be taking place between CM Punk and AEW and that the former AEW World Champion could possibly be returning to the WWE, with a non-compete clause in place.
Dave Meltzer noted on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that many, if not most of the top stars in All Elite Wrestling have said that they are refusing to work with Punk, with one AEW Star even saying CM Punk won’t be back in the company anymore as his value isn’t worth the issues and hassle he causes backstage and another star saying regardless if anyone is still willing to work with Punk, the AEW roster has collectively decided that the former AEW World Champion is no longer welcome in All Elite Wrestling.