CM Punk returned to WWE programming on WWE Backstage last week, with many wondering what his actual role, control and input would be on the program. Monday, Punk took to Twitter in an effort to clear the air.
It IS weird trying to catch up on 5+ years of rasslin’, I’m doing what I can. There’s bright spots, mostly women from what I can tell. There’s BAD too. I’m gonna talk about it, and no one is safe. Join us. @ReneeYoungWWE @WWEonFOX @BookerT5x @RealPaigeWWE @VinceMcMahon @TonyKhan— CM Pumpkinpie (@CMPunk) November 18, 2019
After tagging All Elite Wrestling founder Tony Khan, Khan responded on Twitter by making light of WWE's travel woes to Saudi Arabia a few weeks back.
No one is safe? Sounds like a plane full of wrestlers in Saudi Arabia!— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) November 18, 2019
Several WWE superstars were delayed in Saudi Arabia for hours after WWE Crown Jewel earlier this month, which led to rampant speculation backstage that continues today.
Shortly after Khan's tweet, Randy Orton followed up with one of his own, pointing a finger right back at the Khan family. However, the article in which he shared was a story that didn't go anywhere.
What’s that whole thing about glass houses and stones?https://t.co/z99BVuCMfP— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) November 19, 2019
Khan fired back, calling out Orton for using his name as leverage in recent months before re-signing with WWE. Khan also referenced Orton using the N word on Twitch. The stream in which Orton used the word also featured him praising AEW. The stream was quickly deleted.
I thought you only tagged me in your posts when you were grasping for leverage. That article’s over a year old + is about baseless claims made about my dad years ago. That’s the best you can do, nothing. Meanwhile in the time since that was written, you used the N word on twitch.— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) November 19, 2019
In the past, Punk hasn't seemed to thrilled with how he was courted by AEW, with members of the company responding in kind.
In the wee hours of Tuesday, things continued. Randy Orton would compare Tony Khan to longtime TNA owner Dixie Carter.
Jacksonville Dixie:— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) November 19, 2019
Why else would I tag you? If I wanted to talk business, I’d call your father.
Fightful will have full coverage of whatever war of words between AEW and WWE has, which will likely resume tomorrow, then the following day.