On September 2, AEW made the difficult decision to terminate the contract of CM Punk. The termination followed a reported physical altercation between Punk and Jack Perry during AEW All In. An extensive investigation into the incident revealed concerns that Punk’s actions had put innocent individuals backstage at AEW in potential danger. Tony Khan, AEW’s leadership, expressed that he personally felt his safety was compromised in the situation.
In light of the investigation findings and following consultations with external legal advisors and a disciplinary committee, Tony Khan ultimately concluded that releasing Punk was the necessary course of action.
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During the AEW All Out media scrum, one of the questions posed to Tony Khan concerned whether there was a non-compete clause associated with Punk’s release.
“I don’t want to discuss the terms of the separation in that sense. I very much want to thank CM Punk, Phil, for everything he did in AEW as a wrestler. I don’t think it was an easy decision for anybody on the discipline committee or the outside counsel or for me to do something like that. I do think it was the right move. As far as what’s going to happen in the future, I can’t speak to that. I’m not the attorneys who interpret all that language,”
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