CM Punk has denied a recent story by Dave Meltzer that claimed he refused to lose against Jon Moxley in a championship match. Read on to know what CM Punk had to say about the situation.
CM Punk has responded to a recent story by Dave Meltzer that claimed he refused to lose against Jon Moxley in a wrestling match. Last year, CM Punk made a comeback to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and had two headline matchups with interim champion Jon Moxley. The first match saw Moxley defeat CM Punk in just a few brief moments, with Punk selling his ankle injury as a justification for losing quickly.
Recently, Dave Meltzer commented on a possible return of CM Punk to AEW, after the wrestler posted about reading Steve Keirn’s book on his Instagram account. Meltzer stated that based on comments from other talents, it seems that Punk wants to return to AEW, but his situation is different from other talents of the past as he is no longer the megastar he was in 2021. Meltzer suggested that AEW should count on him only in extreme situations.
A subscriber on the Wrestling Observer forum highlighted that Punk had accepted to lose quickly against Moxley, which would indicate his willingness to commit to the show. However, Meltzer responded, stating that the decision to have a short match and lack of promotion before it was Punk’s, but later Punk refused to do so in a legal letter to AEW. Tony Khan had the final say in the matter and secured the starting change on the show.
In response, CM Punk shared his version of what happened through his Instagram stories, stating that he wasn’t eligible to compete yet and the plan was to come back for a pay-per-view. He said he had a meeting with Moxley’s idea, but it seemed like a horrible plan. Moxley stated he didn’t want to lose to Punk, and Punk laughed and asked Tony Khan if he wanted this. Khan agreed, but Punk would need to be cleared. They kept saying it could be a fight of a few seconds, so he wouldn’t need to be cleared, which Punk thought was ridiculous.
Punk closed his message with a strong statement, saying that his health is more important, and he would never prioritize a company over his health. He also called out Meltzer and Chris Jericho as liars and bootlickers.
In summary, CM Punk has denied Dave Meltzer’s claim about refusing to lose against Jon Moxley in a wrestling match. The situation seems to have been a miscommunication between Punk and AEW, with Punk prioritizing his health over the company.