During the ROH World Championship match between Chris Jericho and Claudio Castagnoli on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam, Ian Riccaboni failed to mention CM Punk when recapping all of the prominent names who have held the ROH championship in the past. The former two-time AEW World Champion is suspended following a backstage brawl during the post-AEW All Out media scrum.
Speaking on a PW Torch audio show, Wade Keller discussed the omission of Punk’s name during the ROH Championship match. He said the omission was noteworthy because he’s heard before Punk’s contract may be bought out soon and that he’s likely not returning to the company.
“I think this is noteworthy but not surprising [that] he excluded CM Punk’s name as he talked about some of the biggest names who have held the title. That’s a bit of a tell. As I talked with Jason Powell yesterday about – I am not expecting CM Punk to wrestle in AEW again. I’m not saying it’s 100 percent sure thing but everything is pointing in the direction of some sort of buyout of his contract. We’ll learn more eventually about that situation,” Keller said.
CM Punk also suffered a torn tricep injury during his AEW World Championship match against Jon Moxley at All Out 2022. Recent reports suggest Punk may be out of action for at least eight months.