Former AEW World Champion CM Punk and current AEW/ROH Star Colt Cabana were extremely close and would even be considered as best friends several years ago, but that friendship started to fall apart after CM Punk appeared on Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast in November of 2014 because former WWE doctor Chris Amann sued both Punk and Cabana due to Punk’s comments and they even sued each other, with both lawsuits being dismissed later on.
Since then, Punk and Cabana have not spoken and their friendship was never the same and when Punk and Cabana both signed with All Elite Wrestling, Cabana wasn’t featured on AEW programming for quite some time, but he was used in ROH, which led to fans speculating that CM Punk had something to do with it. AEW President Tony Khan denied those claims and said CM Punk had nothing to do with Colt Cabana being moved from AEW TV to ROH as well as not being used on AEW programming.
At one point, it was even speculated that Cabana’s AEW contract would not be renewed, but the talents in the AEW locker room went to bat for him and Colt was signed to a new deal. Cabana was brought back to AEW TV for a match against ROH World Champion Chris Jericho on an episode of AEW Dynamite after it was believed that CM Punk is on his way out of the company. AEW President and CEO Tony Khan addressed the situation between Punk and Colt Cabana in the post-Full Gear media scrum and the belief that Punk wanted Cabana gone from AEW shortly after arriving in the promotion.
Dave Meltzer reported on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that many AEW Stars are skeptical with the whole Cabana thing and the claims of AEW President Tony Khan in regards to the situation as they are convinced Punk had something to do with it because it seems to be too obvious.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“The whole Cabana thing…I keep getting stuff from talent in AEW about this. Ever since Saturday, I’ve gotten a lot and, I mean, put it this way, there is a lot of talent that is very convinced of one thing. Obviously, CM Punk is – and he’s always been – very adamant that he had nothing to do with it. Tony said that he (Punk) had nothing to do with it. This was back in August, so that story is not going to change publicly one way or the other. The skepticism and its vehement from a lot of people, as far as the skepticism of that story. It’s not like that thing has been settled in the eyes of a lot of the talent. Even today, I just got something that was just like, ‘Can’t you just see? Isn’t it obvious?’. If you look at it from their standpoint…it’s not like they’re speculating. They believe that they know the story. That’s basically that, I’m sure that one will never go away.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.