Tony Khan was reportedly working on a reconciliation with CM Punk prior to Instagram post

As previously noted, AEW star CM Punk wrote an Instagram story about his matches against Jon Moxley in the summer of 2022 but then deleted it.

Dave Meltzer of wrote that CM Punk and AEW President Tony Khan were “working on a reconciliation that was at least in principle agreed to, per the decision of Khan who wanted him back.” It’s speculated that Punk potentially coming back is why AEW was trying to book the United Center in downtown Chicago for the 2023 All Out PPV instead of the smaller NOW Arena.

Meltzer added that there are “tons of complicated issues involved” and it’s unknown where things stand but Punk returning could still happen. Meltzer noted that following the Instagram post, “there was the feeling from some that it’s a sign it’ll never work but time will tell.”

Jim Cornette’s podcast host Brian Last circulated images from AEW’s talent handbook and here is an excerpt…

“Public Criticism of Fellow Team Members. AEW policy prohibits public criticism of fellow team members. Such prohibited public statements may include, but are not limited to: Accusations or criticism of fellow team members or the organization as a whole. Accusations or criticism of tactics/style of wrestling of fellow team members. Accusations or suggestions that certain issues consistently occur in a particular match. Innuendos and indirect statements will also be considered prohibited. While understanding that social media can be used to help advance storylines, first please check with those with whom you are working before posting. Feel free to run potential posts by Christopher Daniels, a coach or a member of Legal/HR or PR team before posting.”

During Dax Harwood’s live show on Thursday night, Harwood texted CM Punk and asked if he had a message for the fans. Punk replied with “Yes” and “I miss them.”