CM Punk not returning to AEW?, News of a potential contract buyout

CM Punk not returning to AEW?, News of a potential contract buyout

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CM Punk is not expected to wrestle for AEW again.

As we’ve noted, Punk’s AEW status is currently up in the air as an outside law firm investigates the backstage of AEW All Out earlier this month, which sees Punk and Producer Ace Steel up against AEW Executive Vice Presidents Kenny Omega and The Young. Bucks. Punk, Steel and the EVPs have not been with Dynamite since that night and it is rumored that longer suspensions, and perhaps releases, will be handed down once the investigation is complete. Punk is also currently on the shelf with a torn left triceps, sustained during a dive during the All Out main event, victory over current AEW World Champion Jon Moxley.

In an update, a new report from Wade Keller of PW Torch notes that Punk is not expected to return to the ring for AEW once the third-party investigation into the All Out incident is over. It was noted that while Punk’s future in AEW is not 100% at the time of writing, it appears that some sort of buyout of his contract will take place.

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It is believed that Punk signed a lucrative contract in August 2021 when he debuted for the company.

At last night’s Grand Slam edition of AEW Dynamite, Chris Jericho captured the ROH world title from Claudio Castagnoli. It was telling when Ian Riccaboni discussed previous ROH world champions with commentary, but did not mention punk.

There have been rumors of possible lawsuits and legal issues arising from the All Out battle, but nothing has been confirmed. A recent report from Wrestling Observer Radio noted that lawsuits are expected to be filed if someone loses their job over the incident, and there have been many unconfirmed rumors of Punk and Steel potentially being released once the investigation is over.

After being out of the business for 7 years following a controversial WWE departure in 2014, Punk returned to professional wrestling in August 2021 and signed with AEW. He had notable feuds with MJF and Eddie Kingston, becoming a two-time AEW World Champion before sustaining the injury at All Out, then kicking off the post-show media feud leading to the backstage fight.

Punk underwent surgery to repair the torn triceps a few days after All Out. His doctor reportedly recommended surgery right away to prevent muscle atrophy. No timetable for Punk’s possible return to the ring has ever been reported, but this injury and surgery usually require about 8 months of recovery. There’s still no word on when Punk can be medically cleared to return to the ring, but it looks like he won’t be wrestling for AEW again.

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