Wrestling sensation CM Punk, born Phil Brooks, has recently been released from his contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The decision to part ways with the two-time AEW champion was influenced by a backstage altercation with Jack Perry during the All In pay-per-view event at London’s Wembley Stadium, leading to the AEW’s announcement on social media platform X (formerly Twitter). Tony Khan, AEW’s CEO, issued a statement explaining the termination.
1. AEW’s Decision
The AEW Discipline Committee, following an investigation, recommended to AEW owner Tony Khan that CM Punk be terminated with cause, resulting in his release from the promotion.
2. CM Punk’s Wrestling Legacy
CM Punk, at the age of 44, boasts an eventful wrestling career that spans both WWE and AEW. Despite his remarkable talent and potential for greatness, he has been no stranger to controversy. As a two-time WWE champion and three-time world heavyweight champion, his wrestling journey has been marked by both achievements and notoriety.
3. Impact on WWE
CM Punk’s time in WWE was characterized by numerous controversies, including his bitter feud with Jeff Hardy over the World Heavyweight Championship. Punk’s gift for compelling storytelling extended beyond the ring, as his oratory skills played a pivotal role in WWE’s storytelling.
4. The “Pipebomb” Promo
In 2011, WWE witnessed one of its most iconic promos, known as the “Pipebomb.” This memorable moment featured CM Punk and contributed significantly to WWE’s narrative. However, the authenticity of this moment remains a subject of debate.
5. The “Summer of Punk”
2011 also saw the “summer of Punk,” culminating in a thrilling Money in the Bank match against John Cena. With Punk’s contract set to expire at midnight on July 17, anticipation was high. The match lasted over 33 minutes, and Punk’s victory marked his first WWE championship title win. Punk’s final WWE match took place in 2014.
6. Transition to AEW
After his WWE career, CM Punk returned to professional wrestling, signing with AEW in 2021. However, his time with AEW was not without controversy. Punk was involved in a physical altercation with wrestlers Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson, and Kenny Omega. His interactions with AEW star Adam Page also drew significant attention.
7. Venture into UFC
Beyond WWE and AEW, CM Punk ventured into mixed martial arts (MMA) with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He participated in two UFC fights after parting ways with WWE in 2014.
CM Punk’s wrestling journey has been defined by memorable moments, heated rivalries, and, at times, controversy. His impact on both WWE and AEW remains undeniable, leaving an indelible mark on the wrestling world.