Tony Khan opens up on ‘the toughest decision’ to terminate CM Punk’s contract with AEW following an altercation with Jack Perry which has the president fearing that his life was ‘in danger’
- All Elite Wrestling made the decision to terminate CM Punk’s contract
- This comes after an altercation with Perry in an AEW event at Wembley last week
- Khan has claimed that the decision was the toughest of his career so far
President of All Elite Wrestling, Tony Khan, has opened up on the decision to terminate CM Punk’s contract after an altercation with Jack Perry.
The confrontation was reportedly during last week’s All In event at Wembley, with a week-long investigation taking place to determine the American’s fate.
Punk (also known as Phillip Brooks) has seen wrestler and employment agreements terminated effective immediately as Tony Khan, son of Fulham owner Shahid Khan, was recommended to do so.
The AEW president has now taken to Twitter to open up on the decision, which he has admitted is one of the toughest of his career so far.
‘Today I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my professional career. Today I terminated Phil Brooks, CM Punk, for cause,’ he said.
CM Punk as seen wrestler and employment agreements terminated effective immediately
Tony Khan has opened up on the decision to terminate CM Punk’s contract
‘This stems from a backstage incident at AEW All In last Sunday. The incident was regrettable, and it endangered people backstage. That includes the production staff, the people who help put the show on every week, innocent people who had nothing to do with it.’
He continued to reveal that he felt his life was in danger during the show in London, the first time he had felt this during his time in wrestling.
‘I’ve been going to wrestling shows for over 30 years. I’ve been producing them on this network for nearly four years,’ he continued.
‘Never, in all that time, have I ever felt, until last Sunday, that my security, my safety, my life, was in danger at a wrestling show.
‘I don’t think anybody should feel that way at work, I don’t think the people I work with should feel that way, and I had to make a very difficult choice today.
‘It came at the recommendation of a Discipline Committee here in AEW, as well as outside legal counsel, who delivered a unanimous recommendation, and I have followed up on that recommendation.
Khan continued to apologise to fans as he promised to put on a good show in Chicago without CM Punk.
He said: ‘I’m sorry to any fans who are upset by this. I’m sorry to anyone who’s upset by this.
‘Despite that, we’re gonna have a great show tonight at Collision, and we’re gonna have a great All Out pay-per-view tomorrow here in Chicago.
‘Last weekend was the greatest weekend in AEW history, this is the greatest week in AEW history, we’re gonna continue the great momentum here on Collision and tomorrow night on All Out pay-per-view.’