Tony Khan Refuses To Reveal If CM Punk's AEW Exit Included A Non-Compete Clause

Khan reiterated that letting Punk go was the 'right move'.

AEW CEO and co-owner Tony Khan is being tight-lipped with regards to any potential release clause CM Punk may or may not have following his departure. 

AEW announced that Punk's contract had been terminated on Saturday, following an investigation into the backstage incident involving Punk at All In. 

Khan had noted that the decision was ultimately his, but he had made it based on the advice of outside legal counsel (as well as an internal discipline committee). 

Asked during the post-All Out media scrum about the prospect of Punk showing up elsewhere, Khan said:

"I don't want to discuss the terms of the separation in that sense. I very much want to thank CM Punk, Phil, for everything he did in AEW as a wrestler. I don't think it was an easy decision for anybody on the discipline committee or the outside counsel or for me to do something like that. I do think it was the right move. As far as what's going to happen in the future, I can't speak to that. I'm not the attorneys who interpret all that language". 

In a pre-recorded statement addressing Punk's firing (which aired during Saturday's episode of Collision), Khan said that he felt his life was in danger at All In.

It remains to be seen whether the 44-year-old former WWE Champion will resurface elsewhere. According to a recent report, the Straight-Edge Superstar still has major heat with top WWE names.  

H/T Fightful

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