CM Punk reportedly left Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks furious last night after an explosive press conference after AEW All Out.
On August 4, AEW arrived at The Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, for a massive pay-per-view event. The main attraction pitted the former four-time world champion against Jon Moxley, the AEW World Champion heading in to the event.
Having only lost the belt a few weeks ago, Punk had vengeance fresh on his mind. He arrived at the venue with a point to prove, and he got in the ring and did just that. The match lived up to all expectations, with the pair of wrestling icons trading blows for over 20 minutes.
The challenger landed a tope suicida, and the fight escalated into the stands before Punk sent Moxley flying into the steel steps. But the momentum swung, and the champion opened a cut on his opponent’s face, leaving him covered in blood. At this point, the hometown crowd began to fear for their hero. That was because the title holder began to attack his injured leg.
Moxley locked his foe in a Deathlock. Punk had to resort to an eye gauge attempt to get back to his feet. The two legends continued to brawl with incredible intensity and even traded finishes. But in the end, the Chicago man landed his iconic ‘Go to Sleep’ to reclaim the belt.
However, despite becoming champ, the 43-year-old was anything but happy in the aftermath of the event.
CM Punk rages in AEW press conference
In the post-fight scrum, Punk decided to hit out at AEW executive vice-presidents, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, in relation to the current situation surrounding his former friend, Colt Cabana, in AEW.
Punk went into more detail on his relationship with Cabana, which he says ended long before he joined AEW.
He asserted: “It’s 2022. I haven’t been friends with this guy [Cabana] since at least 2014/late-2013. And the fact that I have to sit up here, because we have irresponsible people who call themselves EVPs, and put into a media that I got somebody fired, when I have f**k all to do with him, want nothing to do with him, do not care where he works, where he doesn’t work, where he eats, where he sleeps. And the fact that I have to get up here and do this, in 2022, is f***ing embarrassing.”
“There’s people, who call themselves EVPs, that should have f***ing known better,” he later claimed. “This s**t was none of their business. I understand sticking up for your f***ing friends, I f***ing get it. I stuck up for that guy [Cabana] for longer than anybody and paid his bills. Until I didn’t. It was my decision not to.”
Punk added: “I’m trying to run a business. And when somebody who hasn’t done a damn thing in this business, jeopardises the first million-dollar house that this company has ever drawn off of my back and goes on national television and does that, it’s a disgrace to this industry. It’s a disgrace to this company.
“Now, we’re far beyond apologies, right? I gave him a f***ing chance. It did not get handled, and you saw what I had to do, which was very regrettable, lowering myself to his f***ing level. But that’s where we’re at right now. And I will still walk up and down this hallway and say if you have a f***ing problem with me, take it up with me.”
Sean Ross Sapp is reporting that some very significant performers were “p***ed off and threatened to walk out”. However, Punk’s comments on Omega and The Young Bucks may well be part of his rumoured transition into a heel character.
Therefore, some are speculating that this is merely part of the script. Although, judging by his anger, we could have a genuine problem on our hands.
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