All World Elite Heavyweight Wrestling Champions CM Punk is reportedly struggling with an injury amid speculation over his future.
Wrestling Observerit is David Meltzer reports that Punk suffered a “serious” injury while diving outside the ring during his match against Jon Moxley at All out on Sunday (September 4), which came before a contentious media scrum that ultimately led to a backstage incident, which resulted in the suspension of others involved on Wednesday (September 7).
“A punk injury, thought to be from the top, is serious,” Meltzer tweeted. “Rumors from Sunday, but he hadn’t confirmed them, but it’s been confirmed to me, regardless of what’s going on in the discipline, that the title situation has to be changed and sorted out tonight.”
An incident took place after Punk made a tirade during his post-All out media melee that led to a physical altercation involving himself, his original wrestling coach ace of steel – who currently works as AEW’s backstage producer – and AEW World Trios Champions The Elite (Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks (Mast and Nick Jackson)), the latter all being competitors in the ring and executive vice presidents responsible for launching the company.
The list of people suspended in relation to the incident includes the following:
- Kenny Omega
- matt jackson
- Nick Jackson
- Pat Buck
- Christopher Daniels
- Michael Nakazawa
- Brandon Cutler
Punk and Steel weren’t on the initial list of suspensions, but would “either be among those suspended or will no longer be with the company by the end of Wednesday,” according to Barrasso.
Additionally, sources said Sports Illustrated that an external third party investigation will be launched in relation to the incident.
Punk had previously suffered a foot injury in May, which forced him to vacate the AEW World Heavyweight Championship days after his victory. The 43-year-old returned from injury last month.
During post-AEWAll out media melee on Sunday, Punk accused “irresponsible people who call themselves EVPs” of “spreading lies” and leaking information that he had falsely “fired” Colton, while also referencing the former AEW champion. ‘Executioner‘ Adam Pagea longtime friend of the Elite and Colton who would have already left the building at the time, as “a stupid f ***** g f ***” to be “out on national television and f * ** **g going into business for himself” during a promo against Punk before their title match at double or nothing in May.
Fighter said Steel “confirmed” bit Omega and Punk threw punches and a chair at the Young Bucks, who hit Nick Jackson in the eye during the altercation in backstage on Sunday.
Fighter also claimed that he received various accounts of the situation from AEW talent, with “several” saying they didn’t know how Punk couldn’t be let go for the incident, while others allegedly believed that Omega and the Young Bucks approached him aggressively in what could have been presumed to be a 3-on-1 attack.
The incident reportedly lasted “about six minutes” before authorities intervened in a bid to defuse the situation.
The Hoffman Estates Police Department also confirmed that they never received a report of the incident behind the scenes from All outwhich took place at the NOW Arena.
Additionally, Sapp clarified that Fighter had heard reports that Punk may have suffered a chest tear during the backstage incident, but could not confirm the injury.
Punk defeated Jon Moxley during All outthe main event before a comeback Maxwell Jacob Friedman was revealed to be the disguised entrant “Joker” in a ladder match won earlier that night to earn a title shot, teasing another feud with Punk as the show aired.