CM Punk has wrestled his last match in AEW, after being fired for a backstage fight with Jack Perry.
This fight came before Punk’s final match in AEW at All In. He wrestled against his longtime rival Samoa Joe in the opening match in front of 81,035 fans at the historic Wembley Stadium.
This came after a backstage fight with Jack Perry saw him confront Tony Khan and threaten to quit – forcing the AEW President’s hand and ending his time with AEW after just over two years.
You can click here to read more about CM Punk’s fight with Jack Perry at Wembley Stadium.
It Looked Like Punk’s Last Match Took Place At All Out 2022
CM Punk looks to have wrestled his last match, with his run in AEW lasting exactly one year.
This was CM Punk’s first match in over seven years, and his first appearance in All Elite Wrestling since signing with the company earlier in the month.
The excitement leading up to this match was palpable, with fans eagerly anticipating the return of one of wrestling’s most beloved and controversial figures.
One year after this match, he was ostracised from the company, dubbed a “toxic person” and had top stars refused to work with him.
Here is the story of CM Punk’s last match, and it all went so, so wrong for him in AEW.
CM Punk Last Match In AEW
CM Punk’s last AEW match was in the main event of All Out 2022, in a battle against Jon Moxley for the AEW Championship.
This was the second time the pair had faced off in AEW. After CM Punk’s injury in May 2022, Moxley won the interim AEW Championship, with the pair unifying the belts with a match on Dynamite before All Out.
Moxley won that match in mere minutes, although there has been recent controversy surrounding Punk not being cleared to wrestle for that bout.
After Moxley became the AEW Champion, the rematch was set for All Out 2022, where CM Punk wrestled his last AEW match.
Punk won the match with a GTS, and was one of the few wrestlers to pin Moxley in AEW. It was lauded as a great match, one of CM Punk’s best in AEW, although he suffered an injury during it that kept him out of action for eight months.
However, it was the post-match shenanigans that made this CM Punk’s last AEW match
Post Match Press Conference
The AEW All Out 2022 post show scrum featured a press conference where a very irate CM Punk.
He started off by question a reporter over their perceived friendship with Colt Cabana and began to run his mouth about the situation between the two men that has lead to legal issues (you can read all about that here).
He also decided to call out The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. He claimed they were the ones who leaked information about his legal battle with Cabana and questioned their integrity in their roles as Executive Vice Presidents of AEW.
His final jab was toward Adam Page regarding the previously mentioned comments during this AEW Championship feud.
He called him a “disgrace to this company” and accused him of jeopardising AEW’s first ever $1,000,000 gate for their match at Double or Nothing 2022.
When somebody [Page] 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. Now, we’re far beyond apologies. I gave him a fucking chance. It did not get handled and you saw what I had to do, which is very regrettable, lowering myself to his fucking level, but that’s where we’re at right now.”CM Punk on Adam Page
The press conference shocked the world, yet after spouting so much vitriol toward his co-workers, CM Punk ended it by saying “It may be hard to believe, but I am a nice guy” before going back to his locker room.
However, he did also say that if anyone had a problem with him they should go to him to talk, which was exactly what was about to happen and what got CM Punk fired by AEW.
After this, CM Punk met The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega backstage, throwing a punch at Nick Jackson, while his friend threw a chair and bit Kennny Omega.
This caused all the men involved to be suspended. Whilst The Elite have returned to TV and won the AEW Trios Championship, CM Punk remains off TV, and has not been mentioned since his last match.
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