Following the AEW All Out brawl between CM Punk, Ace Steel, and The Elite, everyone involved had stayed quiet due to an investigation into the situation. It appears the investigation is over as more details have come out in the last week, and The Elite was backstage at last Wednesday’s Dynamite with the belief that they will be returning soon.
The investigation took longer than expected due to potential legal action threats and one side not being cooperative.
During today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Wrestling Inc’s Nick Hausman spoke about the situation. Meltzer said no lawsuits had been filed yet from Punk to AEW, or The Elite.
“As far as I know, there aren’t, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be. I suppose it’s possible on the other side, too, but I have not heard that. The key to this is so much of the stuff has not come out, and I don’t know that it ever will.”
Hausman added that AEW had not filed any suits at Punk over his part in the situation.
Meltzer noted that he doesn’t expect a public statement from AEW President Tony Khan regarding the situation, potentially ever.
“As far as what the investigation shows, I don’t think we’ll ever know that. I don’t think we’ll ever hear anything from AEW on this subject. I mean, maybe in years, we might, but I don’t expect to just from the fact that we haven’t [heard anything from AEW yet].”
While Punk is still in talks with AEW about a potential contract buyout, he is on the sidelines after undergoing surgery for an injury he suffered at All Out that will keep him sidelined for several months. Hausman stated he’s heard from people in Punk’s camp that doesn’t believe he will wrestle again.
“Cash does not seem to be an issue for this guy. He’s got in-roads in Hollywood going on right now. Stephen Amell certainly shining him up with what they’re trying to do over on [Starz’s] Heels right now. I have a lot of people that have known Punk that say to me, ‘This guy’s never gonna wrestle again.’”