In a recent episode of the Talk is Jericho podcast, wrestling legend Chris Jericho opened up about the departure of CM Punk from AEW. It was a move that followed a physical altercation involving Punk and Jack Perry at All In 2023, ultimately leading to Punk’s release from the company.
Jericho began by acknowledging the significance of CM Punk’s final AEW match, which unfolded at the iconic Wembley Stadium. It was an exit that showcased Punk’s legendary status in the wrestling world.
Jericho shared, “I don’t want to dwell on this or talk about it, but I should address it. CM Punk, no longer with AEW, Wembley was his last match, which what a way to go out if you’re going to go out.”
Chris Jericho recalls his backstage fight with CM Punk
Adding a touch of humanity to the story, Jericho recounted a backstage interaction he had with Punk before their match. The two wrestlers discussed wrestling maneuvers, and Jericho playfully informed Punk that he intended to use Punk’s signature move, the GTS (Go To Sleep), during their bout. It was a lighthearted moment amidst the tensions that had unfolded.
Jericho shared, “I did see him that day. It’s a regretful moment, what happened.”
Concluding on a positive note, Jericho highlighted CM Punk’s monumental contribution to AEW during his tenure with the company. He emphasized the significance of Punk’s final match against Samoa Joe, which took place in a sold-out stadium. It was a fitting farewell for a wrestling icon, and Jericho recognized its importance in AEW’s history.
In this candid and heartfelt conversation, Chris Jericho provided a personal perspective on CM Punk’s departure from AEW, underscoring the essence of a memorable exit in the world of professional wrestling.