The Elite mocked CM Punk on AEW Dynamite the same week. Kenny Omega urged fans to “move on” after their brawl backstage at All Out.
On September 4, after winning the AEW World Championship, the WWE Legend took advantage of the media crowd to launch a stunning verbal attack on the company’s management, as All Elite Wrestling owner Tony Khan sat next to him and was “irresponsible. ” Executive Vice Presidents of Distribution called “lies and bulls**t” to the press.
The wrestler was then reportedly involved in an altercation with The Elite – Kenny Omega and Matt and Nick Jackson serving as EVPs – after Punk attacked Matt, with Punk’s friend Ace Steel allegedly throwing a chair at Matt’s brother , Nick and Omega bit. .
While Punk has not appeared on All Elite Wrestling television since then, he was mentioned extensively when the company held a show in his hometown of Chicago on Wednesday night.
During the second match in their best-of-seven series against Death Triangle, The Elite made some big nods, most notably when Omega performed Punk’s signature Go 2 sleeper move and bit one of his opponents.
Meanwhile, Matt Jackson enjoyed a buckshot lariat, which was a not-so-subtle hint that Punk didn’t make the same move when he hit Hangman Page at Double or Nothing earlier this year.
All of this comes after Omega told Sports Illustrated that he wants fans to “let it go” and get away from the drama, though his actions on Wednesday have already sparked plenty of further talk.
He said: “I encourage people to get rid of it because there is no information to disclose. While I can’t talk about that, I want fans to know that I still want what’s best for professional wrestling.”
Sports Illustrated reported after All Out in September that the penalties would include “suspensions for everyone involved,” including Matt and Nick Jackson, Omega, Pat Buck, Christopher Daniels, Brandon Cutler and Michael Nakazawa.
Sources were cited by the publication as saying that Punk and Ace Steel will either both be suspended or could leave the company in the near future.
Steel has since left, while Punk – who was injured at All Out and should have taken time to recover – is yet to be seen on screen as his future is unclear.
The performance seen on screen this week has led some fans to speculate that he could make a sensational return to the company, although this has certainly not been confirmed or even based on reports.
While boss Tony has repeatedly refused to comment on the matter, AEW’s Chris Jericho recently appeared on the Howie Mandel Does Stuff podcast and confirmed that “there was a fight in the locker room.”
A third party investigation into the altercation has been concluded, but again no statement has been issued by Tony Khan, AEW or any of the parties allegedly involved.
There have been previous reports with sources suggesting that Punk may have played a role in getting his former friend Cabana – real name Scott Colton – off the air in AEW.
The pair had been close friends for years, but they fell out after her legal battle with WWE doctor Chris Amann in 2014, and Cabana later sued Punk to try to get his legal fees paid.
Immediately after All Out, Punk told reporters, “The fact that I have to sit here because we have irresponsible people who call themselves EVPs and they can’t run Target and they’re spreading lies and nonsense and hiring a medium that I have somebody .” fired while I have everything to do with him.’
Cabana himself has since returned to AEW television after appearing as a surprise opponent for Ring of Honor World Champion Chris Jericho.