As previously noted, it was said that “nobody knew” CM Punk would call out “Hangman” Adam Page for an AEW world title rematch during the August 17th 2022 edition of Dynamite. There is speculation that CM Punk calling out Page was a “receipt” for something Page said in a promo prior to the 2022 Double or Nothing PPV.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline.com wrote about the state of the AEW locker room. Meltzer stated that at the moment, there is “a ton of backstage drama involving many of the top guys.” It’s being said that the issues have gotten “much worse” in recent weeks and Meltzer wrote, “there’s a part of me where I just think [AEW President] Tony Khan needs to sit everyone down and air everything out before it gets worse.” Meltzer added that “it feels like a number of people are close to their breaking point if things don’t get settled.”
It’s believed that the backstage issues started when Colt Cabana’s contract was not going to be renewed and his “contentious relationship” with CM Punk was rumored to be the reason. Numerous AEW stars reportedly vouched for Cabana and Khan ended up signing Cabana for the Ring of Honor relaunch. While the Cabana situation is believed to be the catalyst of the backstage drama, Meltzer noted that different people have different stories as to why it happened which includes both Page and CM Punk.