The huge rumor surrounding AEW over the previous 12 months was whether or not or not CM Punk tried to drive Colt Cabana out of the corporate shortly after he arrived within the promotion. The points between Punk and Cabana stem from authorized disputes that return just a few years, ensuing within the termination of their friendship. Cabana all of a sudden stopped displaying up on AEW programming in November 2021 and except for just a few darkish matches in March he had successfully been moved to the Ring of Honor roster. Punk vehemently denied him having something to do with Cabana’s standing with the corporate again in September, resulting in the rant that induced a backstage battle with The Elite after the All Out pay-per-view that resulted within the firing of Ace Steel, The Elite getting suspended and Punk seemingly on his method out of the promotion.
AEW President Tony Khan was immediately requested about these rumors following this Saturday’s Full Gear pay-per-view, leading to him echoing Punk’s assertion in that the previous AEW World Champion by no means tried to have Cabana fired — “No, no. He (Punk) never asked for that. He never asked for that.”
Cabana then all of a sudden returned to AEW on the Nov. 2 episode of AEW Dynamite to problem Chris Jericho for the ROH World Championship. While many followers noticed this as a shot at Punk for the “Brawl Out” incident, Khan claimed it was purely a reserving choice based mostly off Cabana’s wins on ROH pay-per-views.
“As far as the match with Chris in Baltimore, I thought it made a lot of sense because we had the Ring of Honor Championship Series and we talked about Chris Jericho wrestling so many of the great names in ROH,” Khan defined (h/t Wrestling Inc.). “When we’ve been booking the shows, I’ve been using Colt Cabana as both a coach and a wrestler in ROH. I looked at the ROH roster and Colt Cabana is a very logical challenger because not only has he held the ROH World Tag Team Championship but he’s also somebody who’s been wrestling in the new ROH, the 2022 ROH, and he’s undefeated.
However, there’s apparently plenty of skepticism from AEW wrestlers in the locker room about Khan’s claim of Punk’s innocence. He explained on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t WrestlingNews.co), “The complete Cabana factor…I hold getting stuff from expertise in AEW about this. Ever since Saturday, I’ve gotten rather a lot and, I imply, put it this manner, there may be loads of expertise that could be very satisfied of 1 factor. Obviously, CM Punk is — and he is at all times been — very adamant that he had nothing to do with it. Tony mentioned that he (Punk) had nothing to do with it. This was again in August, in order that story just isn’t going to vary publicly in some way. The skepticism and its vehement from lots of people, so far as the skepticism of that story. It’s not like that factor has been settled within the eyes of loads of the expertise. Even immediately, I simply acquired one thing that was similar to, ‘Can’t you simply see? Isn’t it apparent?’. If you take a look at it from their standpoint…it is not like they’re speculating. They consider that they know the story. That’s principally that, I’m certain that one won’t ever go away.”