Real-life pro wrestling chaos as CM Punk fights fellow AEW
stars after on-camera tirade
Real-life pro wrestling chaos as CM Punk fights fellow
AEW stars after on-camera tirade - 7th September 2022 (FOX Sports
Punk after a loss to Mickey Gall during the UFC 203
event at Quicken Loans Arena on September 10, 2016
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the growing threat to WWEs supremacy in the
English-speaking pro wrestling world, has descended
into chaos after a real-life backstage fight between
a group of the promotions biggest stars.
the centre of it all is former WWE champion and current
AEW (All Elite Wrestling) world champion CM Punk -
though he may not be the current champion
was created three years ago by independent stalwarts
The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Hangman
Adam Page and now-back-at-WWE star Cody Rhodes, and
funded by billionaire Tony Khan, attempting to create
a true competitor for the McMahon familys company.
begun to do that, with critically successful TV shows
and pay per views, a higher standard of wrestling
and strong ratings which have ensured they earn enough
money to run long-term - and a looming new TV deal
should ensure their profitability.
helping their growth was a 2021 signing spree of some
of wrestlings biggest names, with Bryan Danielson
(formerly Daniel Bryan) and CM Punk joining Chris
Jericho and Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose) at
the top of the card.
in particular, proved a massive drawcard, selling
out the Chicago Bulls home of the United Center
essentially on the rumour he would return to wrestling
seven years after quitting WWE.
passion made him an incredible performer but, at times,
tough to work with. His exit from WWE, sparked by
physical and mental health issues, saw him fall out
with his long-time friendship with fellow wrestler
Colt Cabana. That was after the pair were sued for
defamation for comments made on Cabanas podcast
about ex-WWE doctor Chris Ammen; after winning that
case, they sued each other over legal fees.
made things more complicated when Punk was signed
in 2021 - after Cabana had already been wrestling
for AEW for over a year.
boss Tony Khan had to make it clear that an apparent
demotion for Cabana - he had not appeared on TV in
his previous role since Punks re-emergence,
and looks set to be part of the now-AEW-owned version
of Ring of Honor - had nothing to do with Punk.
rumours still circulated that Punk had either told
Khan he wanted Cabana gone, or at least that it was
hinted at - which Punk took serious exception to.
Monday morning (AEST)s All Out pay per view,
Punk was the first speaker at the post-show press
conference. Sitting alongside Khan, without even being
prompted, he launched into a stunning spray of Scott
Colton (Cabanas real name).
havent had anything to do with Scott Colton
for almost a decade. Probably wanted nothing to do
with him even longer than that, Punk said.
f--king unfortunate that I have to come up here and
speak on this when Im on my time and this is
a f--king business. Why Im a grown-ass adult
man and I decide not to be friends with somebody is
nobody elses f--king business. But my friends,
if I fall backwards, will catch me. Scott Colton,
I felt, never would have.
problem was I wanted to bring a guy with me to the
top that did not want to see me at the top, OK? You
can call it jealousy, you can call it envy, whatever
the fk it is. My relationship with Scott Colton
ended long before I paid all of his bills. I have
every receipt. I have every invoice. I have every
email. I have (an) email where he says I agree
to go our separate ways, I will get my own lawyer
and you do not have to pay anymore.
an email that I have and the only reason the public
did not see is because when I finally had to countersue
him, through discovery we discovered he shared a bank
account with his mother. Thats a fact. As soon
as we discovered that fact and we subpoenaed old Marsha,
he sent the email oh, can we please drop all
this? Now, its 2022. I havent been
friends with this guy since at least 2014, late-2013.
then declared his frustration with executive vice-presidents
the Young Bucks, Nick and Matt Jackson, and Kenny
Omega - seemingly suggesting they had leaked the story
that Punk had spoken out against Cabana.
fact that I have to sit up here because we have irresponsible
people who call themselves EVPs and couldnt
f--king manage a Target and they spread lies and bulls--t
and put into the media that I got somebody fired when
I have f--k all to do with him, want nothing to do
with him, do not care where he works, where he doesnt
work, where he eats, where he sleeps the fact
that I have to get up and do this in 2022 is f--king
embarrassing, Punk said.
was also angered when then-world champion Hangman
Adam Page made an apparent reference to Punks
past during an on-screen promo building up their title
later, after winning the title from Page and recovering
from a serious foot injury, Punk came to the ring
for a promo and went against script by calling out
Page, saying it was coward s--t when he
didnt come out. (Page, of course, didnt
come out because it wasnt part of the planned
did I ever do in this world to deserve an empty-headed
f--king dumbf--k like Hangman Adam Page
to go out on national television and f--king go into
business for himself? For what? What did I ever do?
Didnt do a goddamn thing, Punk
said in the press conference.
trying to run a fking business. And when somebody
who hasnt done a damn thing in this business
jeopardizes the first million dollar house that this
company has ever drawn off of my back and goes on
national television and does that, its a disgrace
to this industry, its a disgrace to this company.
press conference continued after Punks remarkable
comments, but at one point a security guard could
be seen sprinting away towards a commotion.
commotion, as reported by multiple leading wrestling
news outlets, was a real-life fight between Punk,
his long-time friend and trainer Ace Steel, the Young
Bucks and Omega.
there are multiple narratives around exactly how things
went down, no-one is disputing that Punk punched Matt
Jackson, that Steel threw a chair that hit Nick Jackson,
and that Steel bit Omega and pulled his hair.
has become clear this is not a storyline and in fact
real - in wrestling parlance, its a shoot.
of those involved in the fight are expected to show
up at Thursday (AEST)s live broadcast of the
main AEW TV show, Dynamite.
Wrestling Observers Dave Meltzer reported there
have been suspensions stemming from the fight, while
Fightfuls Sean Ross Sapp tweeted almost
all (AEW wrestlers) Ive spoken to believe CM
Punk will have to go or make major amends to remain
with the company ... the heat on (anger with) Punk
would be a remarkably brave decision from Tony Khan
to part with Punk, who is clearly the companys
biggest ratings draw. But he wont be parting
with the Bucks and Omega, who helped inspire and create
the company, and are younger than Punk.
hell have to try and soothe these remarkably
inflamed tensions - and perhaps try and make money
from them. After all wrestlings history is full
of off-screen turmoil turning into on-screen storylines.
most famous example is the Montreal Screwjob, where
WWE boss Vince McMahon conspired to force then-champion
Bret Hart to lose the world title to Shawn Michaels,
after years of real-life discord between the two stars.
and his supporters still claim 25 years later Hart
was about to walk out on the company with the world
title and join WCW, even though that was not legally
possible and Hart had told McMahon he would lose to
Michaels but not in Canada.
dramatic situation, which saw Hart punch out McMahon,
resulted in the WWE owner turning into the heel Mr
McMahon character on TV, and then in a rivalry with
Stone Cold Steve Austin spark arguably
the hottest period in pro wrestling history.
is suggesting Khan should become an on-screen character
in the same way, but a match involving Punk and any
mixture of the Bucks and Omega would now have incredible
interest in a way it would not have before.
while this situation appears impossible to solve right
now, it could end up being the best thing for AEW
All Out press conference revealed one of the dirtiest
secrets in pro wrestling. From time to time, what
happens behind the curtain is more fascinating than
what takes place in the ring.
was the case as Sunday night moved to Monday morning.
CM Punk spoke at the post-match press conference and
took a flamethrower to the AEW locker room, laying
into fellow wrestlers, specifically Hangman Page,
the companys executive vice presidentswho
are Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks Matt and
Nick Jacksonas well as Colt Cabana. The focus
of the press conference should have been on the stunning
return of MJF, but that major plot line became nearly
nonexistent as Punk went entirely off-script in his
Punk exited the press room, he exchanged words in
a locker room with Omega and the Bucks, which led
to a physical altercation. Punishment for that backstage
fight, Sports Illustrated has learned, will include
suspensions for every person involved. The list of
those receiving suspensions includes Omega, Matt and
Nick Jackson, Pat Buck, Christopher Daniels, Michael
Nakazawa and Brandon Cutler. Multiple sources have
shared that Punk and Ace Steel will either be among
those suspended, or will no longer be with the company
by the end of Wednesday. Punk met with AEW owner Tony
Khan on Tuesday, so the two had an opportunity to
discuss how that exit could be handled.
sources, an external third-party investigation will
be conducted. Page had already left the building,
Sports Illustrated learned, which explains his absence
from the altercation.
fury was ignited during the press conference when
he made mention of former friend Cabana. Rumors have
circulated that Punk had Cabana moved to Ring of Honor,
and Punk clearly believes that those rumors emanated
from leaks within the company, possibly even from
Omega and the Bucks. Punk vehemently denied involvement
in any facet of Cabanas career, and that topic
of discussion set him off.
this occurred at the press conference where Punk sat
beside Khan. It was an awkward, uncomfortable and
unprofessional scene. Punk is AEW world champion,
which adds another layer to this conundrum. The Bucks
and Omega are the inaugural world trios champions.
is CEO, GM and head of creative. This incident highlights
AEWs major need to delegate. Overseeing a wrestling
company is not a one-man show, and not even Vince
McMahon at the peak of his power in WWE ever pretended
to be that. McMahon surrounded himself with the best
minds in wrestling and put them in key roles, as with
Pat Patterson, Jim Ross, Jim Barnett, JJ Dillon, Gorilla
Monsoon and Arnold Skaaland. While he signed off on
all major decisions, it was never just McMahon behind
the scenes managing it all. Yes, McMahon may have
been the one to receive the praise and recognition,
but WWEs success under his leadership was the
result of a wide range of contributions. AEWs
lack of experience in executive leadership plays a
role in these issues. The company possesses a first-rate,
world-class roster, yet far less experience in the
also plays a role in all of this. As Khan noted during
the press conference, All Out did well commercially,
but not to the point where it set any company records.
That is largely because WWE strategically ran a must-see
event the day before in Clash at the Castle, as well
as an NXT special in War of the Worlds only hours
before AEW started its All Out pay-per-view.
WWE, that All Out press conference will undoubtedly
be used by newly appointed chief content officer Paul
Levesque as their newest recruitment play. Levesque
is following a wrestling blueprint created by McMahon
in the 1980s. While McMahon had distanced himself
from it, Levesque is back to signing all the top available
Levesque, there is a robust new wave of recruitment.
What happens if multiple talent in AEW attempt to
leverage their releases? That could be very destabilizing,
meaning it will likely be a point of emphasis from
WWE. AEW built so much of their brand as a contrast
to McMahons poor booking and lackluster presentation
of beloved talent. Yet that is now evolving, as WWE
has quickly strengthened its storylines since Levesque
took control of creative.
the shadow of all this are the expiring television
rights deals for AEW and WWE. Based on their ratings,
AEW should be in a position to receive a significant
increase in their rights fees when the current deal
with WarnerBrothers/Discovery expires at the end of
2024. But WarnerMedia merged with Discovery, Inc.,
forming Warner Bros. Discovery, and the marketplace
is unsure of their current strategy, creating question
marks around AEWs future. WWE also has a need
for new network rights deals, as existing agreements
with NBCUniversal and Fox only run through the end
of September 24. Weakening AEW while further
solidifying their own brand is, undoubtedly, WWEs
AEW, this is the wrong time for chaos. The company
needs to tighten up its internal affairs, as the pro
wrestling industry is a far stronger place with two
major companies instead of one overwhelming monopoly.
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the latest release of its software. Switzerland-based
industry organization the Bitcoin Association has
announced the release of the Bitcoin SV Node software
v1.0.7 in an effort to boost up for potentially unlimited
Ayre, a big proponent for Bitcoin SV, retweeted the
news on Thursday.
This is Important
Dynastic update to Bitcoin SV Node software means
a lifting of limitations that were previously imposed
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update has improved support for long chains of unconfirmed
transctions, as the default limit for ancestor and
child-pays-for-parent (CPFP) transactions has been
extended from 25 to 1,000.
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block assembler for the Bitcoin SV (BSV) network.
change now supports long chains of unconfirmed transactions
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Prioritizing transactions based on how much miners
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Shadders, technical director of the Bitcoin SV Infrastructure
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ideas about a fee market. The idea was that limiting
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due to the 1MB limit, they need to ensure they select
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added: "The removal of the CPFP and ancestor
limits from the Bitcoin SV network has been one of
the most requested improvements we've received from
businesses and end-users alike."
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