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WHY AEW DIDN'T MENTION ANYONE LAST NIGHT, WHAT HAPPENED WHEN A WWF EXEC BRAWLED WITH A WRESTLER, WHAT PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE ISSUED, WHEN THOSE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT COULD RETURN AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2022-09-08 10:00:00

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Why didn't AEW mention why these titles are all vacant?

We've mentioned there is an ongoing investigation involving a third-party legal film.  While that is active, there is zero way anyone from the company is going to acknowledge anything that actually happened, much less those involved.  I don't blame AEW for not referencing anything.  They are keeping themselves separated from everything and everyone involved as the process plays out.  They could have created some sort of storyline but did not.

When do we see The Young Bucks, etc. back on TV?

No one is walking back into the venues, much less appearing on television before they are each individually cleared in the investigation.  It's possible some never return.

Do you think AEW should have pulled CM Punk from that media scrum once it was obvious he was going off on people in the company?

It's very easy to say that someone should have stepped in or that they should have cut his scrum comments early in hindsight, but he was obviously really angry, so if they had tried to cut that off, he might have gotten even angrier.  I think they were in a no-win situation in the moment.

Who do you blame for the backstage fight?  Thoughts on the situation?

Everyone who was in that room  bears responsibility.    If there's any video footage of the hallway outside that locker room, that would help add clarity as to who entered that locker room, when, how and in what emotional and mental state.  Hopefully there is so that can add clarity to the sequence of events.  I gave a lot of thoughts on the situation on yesterday's We Don't Need No Stinkin' Name Show.  I am just sad for everyone involved.

Can you ever imagine an executive in WWE getting into a fight with a wrestler?

Yes, because it happened.  In 1989 during a tour of Europe, Koko B. Ware got into a fistfight in a hotel with then-exec Jim Troy that left the hotel lobby splattered with blood and allegedly featured someone being tackled through a glass door or window, depending on who is telling the story.  Both were removed from the tour.  Ware was fired but later brought back.  Troy was gone shortly after returning to the United States, although whether he was fired or quit changes depending on who tells the story.

What would you do if you were in charge?

It's easy to say what you would do when you are not involved, but you asked for my opinion, so here is it is.  Given what insight we currently have at this moment, If I was asked (and you did ask), everyone involved forfeits their PPV week pay and AEW donates it to charity.  The EVPs should be penalized as they are execs and have to be held to higher scrutiny, so they either lose their exec titles or get bumped down to "just" being VPs.  Everyone goes home for six weeks without pay.  Perhaps they have to all attend anger management classes.  When they return, they are on a "one strike" rule where if they have any passive or aggressive issues with the other, everyone goes home, period, without pay, and with frozen contracts.  Then, since this is all revolving around people allegedly going to the business for themselves, they are now going into business for Tony Khan - they are all going to work with each other and have a program playing off of this - so that they do what they were all hired to do, make Tony Khan money.  If they don't want to do business for the company paying them a lot of money, they can sit at home and figure out the next phase of their life.

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