CM Punk dropped a special sort of “pipe bomb” following his big victory at All Out.
The now two-time All Elite Wrestling champion unloaded on Colt Cabana, whose actual identify is Scott Colton, “Hangman” Adam Page and the AEW government vice presidents in a fiery rant to open the media scrum after the pay-per-view on the NOW Arena in Chicago on Sunday.
Punk, whose actual identify is Phil Brooks, appeared genuinely offended about studies he pushed for the company to half methods with Cabana. Punk and his former good friend had a falling out once they had been each sued for defamation by ex-WWE physician Chris Ammen for feedback Punk made on Cabana’s “The Art of Wrestling Podcast” in 2014. Punk, who received the case in opposition to Ammen in 2018, and Cabana finally sued one another over authorized charges stemming from that case and the dispute was finally settled in 2019.
AEW President Tony Khan instructed Forbes final week that Cabana was introduced again as a part of the roster for Ring of Honor, which Khan purchased in March and the place Cabana has an extended historical past. He additionally stated Punk had “nothing to do with any of the contracts.”
Punk nonetheless felt it needed to handle his relationship — or lack thereof — with Cabana on Sunday.
“I haven’t had anything to do with Scott Colton for almost a decade. Probably wanted nothing to do with him even longer than that,” Punk stated. “It’s f–king unlucky that I’ve to come back up right here and converse on this once I’m on my time and it is a f–king business. Why I’m a grown-ass grownup man and I resolve to not be pals with any person is no one else’s f–king business. But my pals, if I fall backwards, will catch me. Scott Colton, I felt, by no means would have.
“My drawback was I wished to convey a man with me to the highest that didn’t need to see me on the prime, OK? You can name it jealousy, you’ll be able to name it envy, regardless of the f–ok it’s. My relationship with Scott Colton ended lengthy earlier than I paid all of his payments. I’ve each receipt. I’ve each bill. I’ve each e mail. I’ve [an] e mail the place he says ‘I agree to go our separate ways, I will get my own lawyer and you do not have to pay anymore.’
“That’s an e mail that I’ve and the one motive the general public didn’t see is as a result of once I lastly needed to countersue him, by means of discovery we found he shared a checking account along with his mom. That’s a reality. As quickly as we found that reality and we subpoenaed outdated Marsha, he despatched the e-mail ‘oh, can we please drop all this?’ Now, it’s 2022. I haven’t been pals with this man since at the least 2014, late-2013.
Punk then turned his ire to the company’s EVP, the Young Bucks’ Matt and Nick Jackson, and Kenny Omega. It’s unclear if Punk was upset about them leaking the story or failing to say it was unfaithful.
“The fact that I have to sit up here because we have irresponsible people who call themselves EVPs and couldn’t 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 doesn’t work, where he eats, where he sleeps… the fact that I have to get up and do this in 2022 is f–king embarrassing.”
Fightful Select reported early Monday morning that the Bucks and Omega – who had been initially scheduled to seem on the press conference after being topped the primary AEW trio champions — had been “extremely pissed off” by Punk’s feedback. Reports from the Wrestling Observer and DAZN adopted, saying Punk and the Bucks obtained right into a bodily altercation backstage over his feedback, with the latter stating Punk threw punches at one member of the tag team earlier than it was damaged up.
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“It’s not [Khan’s] position to make it very f–king clear,” Punk stated. “There’s people who call themselves EVPs that should have f–king known better. This s–t was none of their business. I understand sticking up for your f–king friends, I f–king get it, I stuck up for that guy [Cabana] more than anybody. OK? I paid his bills until I didn’t and it was my decision not to.”
Punk finally turned to Hangman, the previous AEW world champion who the previous WWE star beat for the world title at Double or Nothing. Upon Punk’s returned from surgical procedure three weeks in the past, he appeared to go off script on Page by difficult him to a match he wasn’t in a position or ready to just accept and calling it “coward s–t.“ There had been studies Punk was upset with a few of the feedback Page made throughout their promo main as much as their Double or Nothing match. Punk appeared to substantiate that to be true and present him calling out Page as a method to show some extent to the younger star about the right way to do correct business in his eyes.
“What 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? … Didn’t do a goddamn thing.”
He wasn’t finished.
“I’m trying to run a f–king business,” Punk continued. “And when somebody who hasn’t 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, it’s a disgrace to this industry, it’s a disgrace to this company”
At least in the intervening time, it doesn’t really feel like the connection between Punk and Hangman may be mended and received’t must be. Punk is getting set to reignite his story with the returning MJF and Page is entangled in a storyline round Omega, the Bucks, the Dark Order and the trio’s championships.
“We’re far beyond apologies,” Punk stated. “I gave him a f–king chance, it did not get handled, and you saw what I had to do, which is very regrettable, lowering myself to his f–king level. But that’s where we’re at right now. And I will still walk up and down this hallway and say ‘if you have a f–king problem with me, take it up with me.”
While every part in professional wrestling comes with the question of is that this actual or a part of the storyline, this was a really unfiltered and emotional Punk.