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Teddy Long on AEW’s Backstage Incident With Jack Perry & CM Punk, AEW’s Leadership

September 5, 2023 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
AEW Dynamite Jack Perry Image Credit: AEW

– During a recent discussion with Bill Apter and Mac Davis for Sportskeeda Wrestling, WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long addressed the backstage drama in WWE involving Jack Perry and CM Punk at AEW All In London, leading to Punk’s firing from AEW. Below are some highlights:

On how Vince McMahon would’ve handled the situation: “Now, Jack Perry, I don’t know the young man. Never met him a day in my life, okay? The only thing I can say about this is if he was in the WWE… I think the leadership there is a lot better. If he had been told by Vince McMahon that, ‘Do not use real glass,’ that would have never happened. And if he disobeyed Vince McMahon’s order that not to do something, just like you said, as soon as he walked through that curtain, he’d have been fired. No suspension, none of that stuff.”

On AEW’s leadership: “But I think that if he was in the WWE, the leadership there would have stood there, put him in his place, and he would have never made a mistake like that. If somebody tells you not to do something, then you don’t do it. So, I think that just comes from the leadership in AEW.”

At last Sunday’s AEW All Out 2023 post-show media scrum, AEW President & CEO Tony Khan confirmed Jack Perry was suspended indefinitely due to the backstage altercation with Punk.