Kenny Omega Breaks Silence On AEW "Brawl Out," His Relationship With CM Punk, And EVP Status

Kenny Omega Breaks Silence On AEW "Brawl Out," His Relationship With CM Punk, And EVP Status Kenny Omega Breaks Silence On AEW "Brawl Out," His Relationship With CM Punk, And EVP Status

AEW star Kenny Omega has broken his silence on the AEW "Brawl Out" incident, where things currently stand between himself and CM Punk, and if he's still an EVP in the struggling pro wrestling company.

By JoshWilding - Apr 14, 2024 06:04 AM EST
Filed Under: AEW

In an unforgettable post-show press conference for All Out in 2022, CM Punk tore into The Elite and the backstage conduct of AEW's EVPs. Moments after he was done eating muffins and dropping pipe bombs, the Second City Saint allegedly got into a fight with Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and "Hangman" Adam Page.

An NDA was reportedly signed - on AEW President Tony Khan's orders - which has stopped those involved from sharing any specifics. However, Omega has now opened up on his involvement and it very much sounds like he wasn't part of the problem. 

"I thought my duty as EVP during 'Brawl Out' would be to enter the situation while there was chaos, de-escalate it, and create a peaceful environment for everyone," he explained, confirming past reports that he stepped in to get Punk's dog, Larry, out of the line of fire. 

Omega would go on to say that he doesn't have a problem with wrestlers coming to blow backstage if it means they can resolve their issues and, reading between the lines, it seems he thinks Punk's firing after All In wasn't justified (that came after he came to blows with Jack Perry). 

"Unfortunately, try as I may, things were too chaotic for me to be able to do anything by my own power. I also thought of myself as a liability because I just played a lot of contact sports and I've gotten into jiu-jitsu and boxing and mixed martial arts. When you're in an environment like that, sometimes emotions get the best of you and people will wanna throw hands."

"I am unfortunately - or fortunately - a believer of it. I'm actually a believer in fighting. I am, and that sounds terrible to say which is why, like, don't make me an EVP in 2024. We can't do that stuff anymore. I just feel that sometimes that's how you have to settle things."

Omega added that he hasn't "had power" within AEW for more than four years, and considers himself a "terrible EVP," undeserving of the title. Something isn't quite right in AEW, that's for sure, and it's beginning to feel like the Young Bucks may be the problem (they were the ones who presented the All In security footage to disastrous results this past Wednesday). 

As for his relationship with Punk, Omega said, "We were never bad. Honestly, if it wasn't for a complete other factor, we would have been able to have that talk on the night of 'Brawl Out'. There's no issue between him and  I, as far as I know."

"I don't wanna seem stand off-ish or secretive about what happened. Yes, there's legalities and all that stuff, but even if there wasn't...I'm actually not a huge fan of pulling back the curtain on stuff that doesn't need to be public."

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clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 4/14/2024, 2:35 PM
"Something isn't quite right in AEW, that's for sure, and it's beginning to feel like the Young Bucks may be the problem (they were the ones who presented the All In security footage to disastrous results this past Wednesday)."

Such a mark, jesus. Wrestling isn't real, guy. "The Young Bucks" aren't real people. The problems in AEW are bad booking and too many injuries, period.
marvel72
marvel72 - 4/14/2024, 4:30 PM
The problem is bad booking,not promoting what wrestlers you are going to see at upcoming weekly events.

Not saying the matches are bad because a lot of them are very good, I problems with shows like Rampage which I find hard to sit through.

When Kenny Omega, MJF, Rey Phoenix,Jamie Hayter and Britt Baker return expect AEW attendance and viewership to improve.

They need a decent booker not someone who just makes awesome dream matches.
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 4/15/2024, 7:42 AM
@marvel72 - Yeah, I have to think that they're in a bit of a holding pattern until those injuries are back. And Darby hasn't been gone long, but he'll bring some heat back.

But I gotta be honest, Dynamite last week was frustrating. Like, I'm all-in on AEW, but they've got the bench to spin up some compelling new storylines if TK would just get out of the way.
marvel72
marvel72 - 4/15/2024, 9:42 AM
@Clintthahamster - I forgot about Darby and where is Miro?

I think they are wasting Okada at the moment he is a great wrestler and in NJPW he had 30+ minutes matches,he hits 3 moves and match is over.

I hope they are saving him for PPV so Pac will be a classic.
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 4/15/2024, 10:11 AM
@marvel72 - Darby, Adam Cole, Juice Robinson, Rush, Scorpio Sky . . . All sorts of folks in various stages of recovery. 2024 could be big if they could just get their house in order in the meantime.

As for Miro . . . man, that's at least partially on him, IMO. If you're given creative freedom, I'm not sure how much traction you're going to get with "I have killed your god." Plus, things have got to be weird with him and CJ splitting up.
DevilsDreams
DevilsDreams - 4/15/2024, 4:19 AM
From what I see, some of the matches are great, but overall they seem to struggle with their booking, potentially too many talent that they just don't know what to do with and suffering with what TNA had for a while, where they pushed the newer "big name" stars they've gotten from other promotions while forgetting about their "home grown" talent.

I think Tony Khan needs to step out of the limelight and allow someone else to be the face of authority within AEW, whether that takes the form of a GM or something similar I'm not quite sure, but Khan just doesn't come across that well.

I don't know what it is, but I'm just not a fan of the Young Bucks...
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 4/15/2024, 7:37 AM
@DevilsDreams - When they brought on Jen Pepperman, my hope was that she'd be the new head booker. Time will tell.

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