Earlier than leaping into the specifics of how All Elite Wrestling can be extremely silly to not have this weekend’s post-pay-per-view drama result in a comic-book-style Civil Struggle angle, with the locker room’s figureheads jostling for management of the corporate based mostly on their imaginative and prescient for skilled wrestling’s future, let’s acknowledge the elephant within the room when detailing the off-camera world of theatrical athletics: This might all be a ruse blurring the road between actuality and leisure.
Nonetheless unlikely it seems now, and that’s astronomically within the actuality sphere in comparison with an unique, cutting-edge storyline, every action between CM Punk, The Younger Bucks, Hangman Web page, Kenny Omega, AEW backstage producer Ace Metal and some others may have began as an elaborate recreation of the followers’ feelings. Anywho, it seems AEW can be with out each aforementioned title after which some within the close to future, if not completely, for his or her position in a backstage brawl, allegedly going down within the early hours of Monday morning, minutes after All Out went off the air.
Sports Illustrated reports Omega, Matt and Nick Jackson, Brandon Cutler, Christopher Daniels, Michael Nakazawa and AEW Vice President of Expertise Growth Pat Buck can be suspended by the corporate. Punk and Metal will be part of those that are suspended or can be fired by AEW by the top of Wednesday. Punk, who received the corporate’s world championship within the All Out primary occasion and is, subsequently, the in-cannon prime man on the roster, reportedly met with AEW CEO Tony Khan on Tuesday to debate how a separation may happen.
The information of the suspensions was additionally reported by Dave Meltzer and Sean Ross Sapp.
SI also reports an external third-party investigation is being conducted to look into the specifics of the brawl. Page will not be suspended, as he’d exited the Chicago area’s NOW Arena before unchoreographed punches were allegedly thrown. Multiple other news outlets have independently confirmed the brawl took place. Fightful reported the Village of Hoffman Estates police department was not dispatched to the NOW Arena at any point during Sunday’s event and aftermath.
The boiling point occurred after CM Punk’s comments during a post-show press conference. He took repeated verbal jabs at Page, Omega, and the Jacksons, going out of his way to insult his co-workers. Punk displayed a rare kind of visceral hate after a several-minute tirade against former friend Scott “Colt Cabana’’ Colton and the alleged misinformation about their past. The post-show media scrum is still available in full on AEW’s YouTube channel. Another confirmation of the fight was Chris Jericho, who spoke last at the scrum, being caught on a mic saying to Khan “We got to talk after this. Some shit went down.” Footage of a safety guard operating backstage from the scrum has additionally surfaced.
After Punk left the press convention, he was allegedly approached by the Bucks and Omega, confronted about his feedback. It’s unconfirmed who began the struggle, however a number of experiences have acknowledged Punk threw punches, no less than one Jackson brother, Nick Jackson, was knocked out through the change, whereas Metal threw a chair and bit Omega. The reported fracas took a number of minutes to interrupt up.
AEW, nor any particular person concerned, has commented publicly on the suspensions or on the incident in any respect, with Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite from Buffalo occurring as scheduled stay on TBS. The Younger Bucks’ weekly YouTube present, Being The Elite, is routinely uploaded at midday on Mondays. For the primary time in current reminiscence, it was delayed to a Tuesday launch. In June, BTE was canceled for every week after Jeff Hardy’s arrest. Nobody concerned within the brawl is anticipated to look for the corporate this week.
This was the explosion of lingering talent-relations drama backstage at AEW. Final month, Khan led a company-wide assembly to try to get all workers on the identical wavelength by way of expectations. The problems seem to stem from Web page and Punk’s real-life hatred for each other that spilled into promos and media interviews as a part of their on-camera feud to advertise their world-championship match in May. No matter efforts Khan and AEW’s management staff took for everybody to make peace didn’t work. Then once more, the Younger Bucks and Omega are imagined to be three of the corporate’s leaders, as all three maintain government vp roles.
There may be additionally a current precedent for AEW suspending expertise for backstage altercations. Eddie Kingston was taken off the street for a number of weeks, per Fightful, for an incident the place he struck Sammy Guevara. The alleged dust-up between Guevara and Kingston seems to be a paper lower in comparison with the general public nature of Punk’s beef with the Elite and Web page. Guevara’s YouTube vlog additionally released an episode on Tuesday, ending with him eager to unfold constructive ideas as a result of “there’s a complete lot of negativity occurring on the earth.” He doesn’t expressly point out the brawl, however it’s straightforward to attach the dots. BTE doesn’t point out the incident in any respect both.
Punk informed his reality about AEW’s tradition, however he helped foment no matter hearth exists. He’s the arsonist attempting in charge others for the flames. The Elite additionally isn’t innocent on this state of affairs. What did they suppose was going to occur with them aggressively approaching a clearly ticked-off Punk, who had little time to chill down? Punk was pissed about Web page and the Younger Bucks saying inflammatory issues within the media. But, right here he was spouting vitriol on to reporters. Punk’s lack of self-awareness is gorgeous.
I don’t suppose I’m understating this problem to proclaim how AEW navigates this adversity will set the tone for the corporate transferring ahead, and will burn it long-term if peace isn’t made between the large egos that reside with its greatest stars. If Metal’s actions are discovered to be correct, he needs to be fired. Throwing a metal chair at someone’s head could possibly be deadly. And what purpose would AEW must preserve him? As a result of he was in Ring of Honor’s Second City Saints secure with Punk and Cabana? No shot.
Punk deserves the possibility to make main amends, ought to he wish to. Going from successful the world championship on Sunday to being unemployed inside every week is sloppy kind. It’s additionally a horrible work acumen to overtly trash colleagues like a narcissist. Relying on the aggressiveness of the remainder concerned, various suspensions needs to be doled out. The most important factor that should change about AEW from this incident is the tradition of how Punk and the Elite thought they may act unprofessional. Khan must regain management of his roster by sending a transparent message from this incident.
If there’s a path ahead to show this right into a storyline, AEW has to do it. There’s unequalled curiosity within the firm due to the chaos. Matt Hardy and MJF are two examples of wrestlers which have used private vendettas to advance skilled storylines. All concerned can be dumb to not capitalize on it. As of now, Punk, the Elite, and Khan are wrapped up in a state of affairs that’s the exact opposite.