During a recent exclusive interview with Wrestling Inc. Senior News Editor Nick Hausman, Dave Meltzer spoke about his interactions with The Young Bucks and the repercussions of the now-infamous AEW All Out media scrum. CM Punk seemingly caught many off-guard with his words during the interaction, including certain people feeding the Wrestling Observer founder with information over direct messages, with The Young Bucks widely believed to be those “certain people.”
“I know the guy well enough that I probably should have — as soon as I saw that quote — go, ‘Dude, it didn’t happen. I can just tell you it didn’t happen. Nothing close to that happened. But I didn’t, and I’m not saying that that would’ve stopped any of this because it probably still would’ve happened. But it’s like, I sort of do feel guilty about that aspect of it.”
The legendary pro wrestling journalist also spoke about the entire Punk rant and why it was such a shock:
“At first, I just thought it was Punk venting, and that’s definitely all I thought. ‘Oh he’s venting and that’s fine, whatever. When he talked about ‘Adam Page had never done anything in the business,’ it was like, ‘Okay, I don’t like where this is going,’ because he just really insulted the entire company at that point. And then the stuff about the VPs and everything — the EVPs or whatever — I don’t know.”
After the scrum, there was lots of backstage heat, which led to the indefinite suspensions of The Bucks and Kenny Omega. Meanwhile, the future of CM Punk in AEW is unknown.