After news of a backstage altercation following AEW’s All Out pay-per-view, more details are being reported about what happened behind the scenes involving some of the company’s biggest stars.
PWInsider reports Kenny Omega along with Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks (all three hold the title of Executive Vice President in AEW) confronted newly crowned two-time AEW World Champion CM Punk in his locker room, not long after Punk publicly lashed out at the EVPs, “Hangman” Adam Page, Colt Cabana and others during his portion of the post-show media scrum.
The altercation primarily involved Punk and the Bucks, with Omega not getting physically involved with Punk, according to PWInsider. According to the Wrestling Observer, it was Punk who allegedly threw the first punch, directing it at Matt Jackson.
Punk’s trainer Ace Steel also reportedly got involved in the altercation. Multiple accounts state that Steel threw a chair that struck Nick Jackson in the eye. The Observer’s report added that Steel also allegedly bit Omega and pulled his hair.
It was AEW security and staff who eventually broke up the altercation. One security guard could be seen running out of the room where the media scrum was still ongoing.
AEW has not commented publicly on the incident. It’s believed there is a process underway to determine who is to blame for the altercation. However, Fightful is already reporting that Steel is not expected to stay with the company. He’s been working as a producer for AEW and played an on-screen role over recent weeks in the build-up to Punk’s main event title match against Jon Moxley at All Out.
Last month, Eddie Kingston served a two-week suspension following a backstage altercation between he and Sammy Guevara during the recording of “Rampage” on August 10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The physicality was reportedly described as Kingston “pie facing” Guevara.
During the media scrum following All Out, AEW Owner and C.E.O. Tony Khan described the situation backstage as “dicey.” Khan held a talent meeting to address backstage issues before the “Dynamite” broadcast on August 24.
Ace Steel is “lucky to not be in jail” due to his actions
Ace Steel has had quite a week in AEW. The long-time friend and mentor to CM Punk played a major on-air role in motivating the “Second City Saint” to face Jon Moxley in an AEW World Championship rematch at All Out, a match Punk ultimately won. However, according to Fightful, he’s now in hot water with AEW, and it’s a minor miracle he isn’t behind bars.
Following his victory Punk felt it was important to address personal and professional issues about some of his AEW colleagues behind the scenes during the All Out post-show media scrum, and after he left the stage, a reported fight broke out between him and The Young Bucks that also involved Steel and Kenny Omega. According to PWInsider, The Bucks and Omega were the ones to confront Punk in the locker room after those comments. Steel also happened to be there with his wife, who was watching Punk’s dog, Larry, at the time, and matters got heated. It’s not confirmed who threw the first punch, but Steel got physically involved.
Fightful Select later confirmed Steel’s involvement in the fight as he “shoot cracked Nick Jackson with a chair” and got in an altercation with Omega. A source from Fightful believes that Steel is “lucky to not be in jail” due to his actions, and one even said of the melee that security was breaking up a situation “to save lives.” There’s a lot of heat on Steel in light of the incident, with one source claiming that the fight didn’t escalate to the level where a chair was needed. It was reported earlier that Steel allegedly bit Omega, and according to Fightful, “several sources in AEW that we spoke with said that they believe Ace Steel will not be back in the company.”
Source: Wrestling Inc.