When you thought the CM Punk story was dying down, we get some more news that, in my opinion, only reinforces the need for AEW to cut ties with Punk. The new reporting on his meltdown after All Out shows that Punk wasn’t emotional but calculating, and some people backstage maybe knew it was coming.
CM Punk Planned His “GripeBomb”
It turns out that Punk was planning his rant, now known as the Gripebomb, since his sudden return two weeks ago.
This, according to Dave Meltzer:
“One person noted that Punk two weeks ago when he returned said that the press conference after the PPV would be interesting.”
Granted, this is one person telling Dave Meltzer something, and you know my thoughts on “wrestling journalism,” however, Dave has been pretty even-handed on this, and most of his stories have been corroborated.
CM Punk practicing his rant (according to Dave Meltzer): pic.twitter.com/vFmgpqlmSI 
— General Booty 🇨🇲 (@big_hero_chris) September 8, 2022 
The Gripebomb, as some are calling it, was CM Punk’s unprompted rant against EVPs Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks and wrestlers Adam Page and Colt Cabana. Punk went full scorched earth on the group, even going so far as to attack Cabana for sharing a bank account with his mother.
CM Punk went off on Colt Cabana and Hangman 😳 #AEWAllOut  #MediaScrum  pic.twitter.com/ISLYDHl8YT 
— Cody Nichols (@AllEliteCody) September 5, 2022 
And to make matters even worse, it turns out that Tony Khan knew it was going down. According to reports, Khan was far from an innocent bystander.
According to Wade Keller .
“I was told that Tony knew something was coming from punk, and he had some idea he had something he wanted to bring up.. so, watching Punk, he had the agenda,”
Fans React To The Story
cm punk’s rant being premeditated makes everything even funnier, that man spent three months at home writing everything down and practicing in the mirror
he was really losing his mind
— anna (@annacdemarco) September 9, 2022 
“Dear Kenny I Wrote and you still ain’t never called.”
CM Punk writing his media scrum rant pic.twitter.com/e4hMIt0LLK 
— Reece F Baby (@MindOfReese) September 9, 2022 
CM Punk pre planned the media rant??? Aww send him packing
— Kev! (@GarlandsGOAT) September 8, 2022 
Of course, some people think a man waiting two weeks to attack his coworkers isn’t that big of a deal.
I’m not sure “CM Punk planned his outburst” is as much of a dramatic development as people think.
— Steve (@overbooked101) September 9, 2022 
Perhaps Punk had a more sinister plan, like burying MJF’s return?
The Fact that the CM Punk promo was planned shows that he for real wanted no one talking about @The_MJF  ….#AEWAllOut 
— Rusty(He/him) (@rusticmustic) September 9, 2022 
Screw CM Punk man. AEW had all the positive buzz that they really needed after MJF return and he just had to ruin it. I legit have never heard any “bad” stories about Hangman Page on the internet so if you have beef with that guy, you are definitely the problem.
— Humble Wrestling (@WrestlingHumble) September 5, 2022 
What do you think? Should CM Punk be done with AEW and wrestling in general? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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