Popular CM Punk/AEW Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED

Put your tinfoil hats away: this CM Punk/AEW conspiracy theory is nonsense.

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No, CM Punk's protracted exit from AEW is not a work.

The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer confirmed as much on Monday. When a Twitter user asked if the two-time AEW World Champion's blow-up and departure from Tony Khan's promotion was an angle, Meltzer rubbished the theory, adding that while some people hope it will eventually become one, the odds of this happening are slim.

Meltzer tweeted:-

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Punk is currently in talks with AEW over a potential buyout for the remaining years of his lucrative contract with the company. This follows the events of All Out 2022 in September, when Punk verbally attacked the company's Executive Vice Presidents, Colt Cabana, and 'Hangman' Adam Page in a now-infamous media scrum diatribe.

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Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks accosted Punk and friend Ace Steel in their locker room after the scrum. A fight broke out, resulting in all involved parties being suspended. The Elite have since been reinstated onscreen and off following an investigation, while Steel was released from his role as a producer.

Punk, meanwhile, is attempting to engineer an exit. Recent reporting suggests that AEW is causing the hold-up.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.