For two months, no one spoke about what happened after AEW’s All Out pay-per-view. Why has the veil of silence surrounding CM Punk been lifted?
For the past two and a half months, All Elite Wrestling fans have been craving more details about what happened after CM Punk’s post.Completely media scrum. His incendiary comments about The Elite, Colt Cabana, and Hangman Adam Page set AEW’s core on fire and allegedly led to a backstage altercation with Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. Those reports came out that night, but it’s been quiet ever since. Several reporters, including Dave Meltzer and Ariel Helwani, expressed frustration at how quiet Tony Khan and everyone else involved had been. Now the veil of silence around CM Punk has been lifted, and the timing is curious, since he will probably be healthy enough to fight again in March. Which is when the next AEW pay-per-view will likely take place.
After weeks of detours and quiet, Kenny Omega gave Sports Illustrated an interview and suddenly he was more than happy to talk about Punk. After AEW treated his name as a four-letter word on broadcasts, The Best Bout Machine spoke openly about Punk and Completely. Of course, he was encouraging the fans to “Let it go“, but what happened in the episode of November 23, wednesday night dynamite it was evidence that it’s the last thing All Elite Wrestling wants their fans to do. The Elite faced Death Triangle in the second match of a best-of-seven series, and there were numerous references and callbacks to what supposedly happened next. Completely. That all this happened in Chicago, CM Punk’s hometown is not inconsequential either. After all, The Elite didn’t make a single in-ring reference to Punk just a few days earlier at Complete team.
AEW decided to refocus attention on CM Punk
Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks could have simply gone out and worked another high-profile match with Death Triangle like they did at the pay-per-view this past weekend. Instead, they made multiple in-ring allusions to CM Punk. Matt Jackson dove to the outside before sitting down on the ground in Punk’s signature cross-legged style. At one point, Omega bit PAC’s bicep, which is a direct callback to reports that Kenny had been bitten during the backstage confrontation afterward. Completely. To top it off, Omega used the GTS taunt before hitting an opponent with Punk’s finishing move while Chicago booed. After the fight, Omega took to Twitter to thank KENTA for allowing him to use the GTS in the fight, further stoking the fire. KENTA and Punk have a long and heated rivalry over who invented the GTS. KENTA is usually credited with inventing the Go To Sleep, but Punk’s use of the move is far more famous, and the two have trouble with this. The icing on the cake was a rare leak from CM Punk’s camp, who stated that he was not happy with the way the six-man match played out. That’s a lot of something after months of nothing.
If this was a company trying to make fans forget about CM Punk, it certainly didn’t seem like it. This was an increase from zero to one hundred MPH, one that AEW could have prevented if they wanted to. All of this is a remarkably immature way for The Elite to beat the bear while Punk is recovering… Or this leads to a massive return for Second City Saint in the future. Punk’s return and allowing Khan to turn this fiasco into a story would be permission to print money. There could be over a year of television culled from what happened in Completely. Dynamite’s fight could also have been Omega and The Young Bucks using their platform to mock the guy that landed them the five biggest pay-per-view numbers in company history. Both options seem equally likely given the type of year. All elite wrestling it has had and given it the backstage reputation that The Elite have developed in 2022.
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