WWE said Ronda Rousey was punished for attacking Adam Pearce after an ‘internal investigation’ on SmackDown, rumored to be a shot at AEW’s internal investigation over CM Punk vs. The Elite’s backstage brawl.
Former WWE Superstar CM Punk has not been seen on WWE television since the 2014 edition of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He walked out of the company the next day and has not looked back since then. Following his WWE exit, many fans have been wanting to see Punk make his return to the company every year. He has yet to make his return to the squared circle and at this point, it seems very unlikely. A WWE Superstar was also previously punished for ripping off CM Punk.
CM Punk has been in talks with AEW for quite a while as indicated by reports and it all came true as The Second City Saint made his return to pro wrestling on AEW Rampage: The First Dance back in August last year.
During the post-AEW All Out media scrum, CM Punk verbally attacked Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. Ace Steel’s wife, who has a broken foot, was in the room when Ace and CM Punk fought Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks backstage at AEW All Out.
On his podcast, The Hall of Fame, Booker T talked about CM Punk’s backstage meltdown.
“People can say what they wanna say about Batista and I, and the altercation him and I had back in the day. It was a serious altercation, as serious as any altercation, as serious any altercation could ever be, seriously. But there was not one day that I didn’t think that I wouldn’t work with Batista. There wasn’t a day that I ever thought like that. You know, it was like, okay, we had an altercation, it was a fight. I think I got my respect out of it. I think he realized hey man, maybe I shouldn’t talk to Booker T a certain way, and it was like water under the bridge. It was one of those type of deals, but it wasn’t like to this day, I’m holding animosity for him because him and I had an altercation. That’s where it’s different with something like [this], it’s like a personal thing.
It’s like a personal thing to where you gotta figure out, that’s why I say it’s gonna be hard to get past it. Just listening to some of the words that were said in the press scrum, it makes me as a worker that’s on the roster feel a certain way. We gotta go to catering together, we gotta talk with each other, we gotta go over matches together. We gotta come up with ideas. You’re not gonna be doing that with listening to how he said him and Jon Moxley feel a kinship because they went through something, as well as Castagnoli. You’re not even gonna work with those guys, that’s not gonna work. You’re not just gonna be able to work with WWE guys and be happy. So that’s not gonna work, so I’m just trying to figure out where does this thing end at the end of the day