According to Nick Hausman of Haus of Wrestling, it has been revealed that Ace Steel rejoined AEW “several months ago.” However, Steel has not been actively working backstage.
Sources indicate that Steel was informed about collaborating with Tony Khan on creative aspects but would not be physically present backstage to avoid any disruptions among talent. Instead, he would work remotely.
Initially, there was an understanding that Steel would resume traveling once AEW Collision premiered and CM Punk made his return. However, recent developments indicate a change in plans. A miscommunication between lawyers reportedly occurred, resulting in Punk being removed from the AEW Collision announcement on Wednesday.
Although Punk’s comeback to AEW television has not been officially announced, an earlier version of the online press release for AEW Collision did include his name among the headliners. Warner Bros Discovery clarified their stance, stating that “CM Punk is not affiliated with TNT’s AEW Collision.”
It’s worth noting that Steel was previously released by AEW after AEW All Out 2022 due to his involvement in an altercation between Punk and The Elite, where he allegedly threw a chair and bit Kenny Omega.
Stay tuned for further updates on Punk’s potential return to AEW programming.
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