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September 12, 2022 Observer Newsletter: CM Punk, Kenny Omega, Young Bucks backstage altercation at AEW All Out

JJ Williams

JJ Williams

A backstage brawl that came from and took place during the strangest modern pro wrestling press conference after the AEW All Out show ended with multiple wrestlers either suspended or removed from programming or working backstage for the time being.

C.M. Punk was the center of the controversy, which started after the press conference, which saw him lash out at Colt Cabana, Adam Page and others, notably The Young Bucks, who he never mentioned by name, but made it clear talking about Executive Vice Presidents and using the term Reseda, CA (the former home of PWG, where the Young Bucks first became stars prior to Japan).

It ended with Punk, who had torn his triceps five minutes into the match and gutted his way through in a great heated match, being stripped of his title. Even if nothing had happened after the show, the injury would have required surgery and six to nine months out of action, so that title stripping was happening regardless of what happened after the match. This took place in Punk’s first real match back after he suffered essentially a destroyed foot on 6/1 in Los Angeles. That injury took place when he jumped off the ramp to be hugged by fans, but didn’t realize the severity of it, did a full match, came off the top rope a few times on the foot, and needed four-and-a-half hours of surgery and extensive rehab to return for this show.

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