The anticipation surrounding CM Punk and Jack Perry’s appearances on AEW television this week has been temporarily quelled due to an ongoing investigation into a backstage incident involving the two. The incident unfolded just before CM Punk’s “Real” World Championship match with Samoa Joe, casting a shadow over their participation until the investigation reaches a resolution.
Divergent narratives have emerged regarding the specifics of the altercation. While reports vary, it is clear that there was a physical altercation of some kind. Some sources suggest that Perry was choked, while others contend that Punk employed a chokehold to defuse a potential brawl.
This occurrence marks the latest in a series of incidents involving CM Punk and various members of the AEW roster. Over the past year, Punk has been linked to confrontations with The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, Nick Nemeth, Jack Perry, and others. Some instances have led to Punk being implicated as the driving force behind certain individuals facing restrictions from backstage access at AEW Collision events.
Punk’s camp has emphasized his desire for a harmonious and conflict-free backstage atmosphere at AEW Collision. While this objective has generally been achieved, complications seem to arise whenever talent predominantly featured on Dynamite and Punk share the same environment.
The belief within AEW is that Punk and Jack are both suspended pending the results of an investigation, which would mean neither will work All Out.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) August 28, 2023
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