Tuesday, April 23

The Friendship And Fallout Of CM Punk & Colt Cabana, Explained


  • CM Punk and Colt Cabana’s friendship soured after legal issues arose from the WWE lawsuit.
  • Tensions between the two continued, with Punk now back in WWE and Cabana in AEW.
  • Punk’s influence may have had an impact on Cabana’s AEW contract, leading to backstage drama.

CM Punk and Colt Cabana had been friends for years before their big falling out, ever since they were just rookies in the wrestling industry, working their way up to superstardom. Ever since, there has never been any reconciliation between the two. CM Punk is now back in WWE, Colt Cabana is in AEW. And based on reports of what happened there, tensions between the two of them only continued. The consequences of which ended up having a major impact on AEW.


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The end of the friendship between CM Punk and Colt Cabana ended up having numerous consequences that could not have been foreseen. When they were at the same company, AEW, it ended up having a role in changing the course of AEW history. If they had remained friends, would “Brawl Out” never have happened? Would CM Punk still be on AEW television? Would he ever even have considered returning to WWE? All of these questions, and many more what ifs, will never be answered. All that we can look at is what took place and what happened. Ultimately, it is safe to assume that CM Punk and Colt Cabana will probably never be friends again.

CM Punk and Colt Cabana’s Start In The Business

They Both Trained At Steel Domain

  • Both CM Punk and Colt Cabana were trained by Ace Steel.
  • They were both members of the Gold Bond Mafia.
  • They often wrestled on the same independent shows before joining ROH.

CM Punk and Colt Cabana started in the business together, both going to wrestling training at Steel Domain Wrestling in St Paul, Minnesota. They worked together and feuded together on the independent scene for years before they both signed with Ring Of Honor, where they both had success. Colt Cabana would say in an interview with Wrestlinginc.com in 2007:

Punk and I have been a team since basically the first month I was training. We traveled the roads together a very long time. He’s my brother in wrestling and life. I talk to him everyday.”

Eventually, both men also signed with WWE but had incredibly different levels of success. CM Punk was able to reach the highest of highs in WWE while Colt Cabana was rechristened as Scotty Goldman, but was unfortunately released not long after debuting on the main roster. However this didn’t dampen their friendship, as during the pinnacle of CM Punk’s run in WWE, Punk made constant references to his friendship with Colt Cabana, none more infamously than when he called out Cabana during CM Punk’s notorious “Pipebomb” promo. The two kept in touch throughout all of CM Punk’s career in WWE and beyond. Though problems started to emerge when CM Punk made a scandalous appearance on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast.

The Infamous Art Of Wrestling Podcast Episode

CM Punk Delivered One Of Wrestling’s Most Important Podcast Episodes Ever

  • CM Punk appeared on episode 226 of Colt Cabana’s old Art of Wrestling podcast.
  • Punk told everything about him leaving WWE and aired out his grievances with the company.
  • The podcast resulted in WWE and Dr. Chris Amann sueing CM Punk and Colt Cabana.

CM Punk had left WWE in mysterious circumstances, getting eliminated from the 2014 Royal Rumble by Kane, and Punk had remained silent for a time after his release. CM Punk’s appearance on the Art Of Wrestling podcast was his tell-all interview and has gone on to become one of the most famous shoot interviews of all time. Punk discussed his misery in the last few years of his WWE run, his frustration at the company and Vince McMahon and made allegations against WWE’s doctor at the time, Dr. Chris Amann. He also aired grievances about his booking, including being shunned from top spots and Wrestlemania main events.


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This interview resulted in WWE suing CM Punk and Colt Cabana after CM Punk alleged that Amann was responsible for Punk contracting a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) staph infection. Punk also blamed Amann for providing medical treatment which caused a lump on Punk’s back to get worse. WWE and Dr. Chris Amann sued CM Punk and Colt Cabana for this – a lawsuit CM Punk won, but at a cost.

CM Punk And Colt Cabana’s Friendship Ends After The WWE Lawsuit

CM Punk and Colt Cabana together

  • Neither CM Punk nor Colt Cabana liked the way the WWE lawsuit was handled.
  • Cabana said CM Punk offered to pay his legal fees and wanted reimbursement.
  • Punk said Cabana was trying to extort him.

After the trial, it was revealed both men had filed lawsuits against each other for the way it was handled. Cabana claims that CM Punk offered to pay Cabana’s legal fees during the Amann lawsuit and that he and Punk had a verbal contract. Cabana argued that CM Punk should reimburse him for the legal fees he incurred after Punk’s legal team were no longer handling Cabana’s side of the lawsuit. The lawsuit appeared to have ripped apart the friendship between CM Punk and Colt Cabana.

Many fans took Colt Cabana’s side in this. However, in 2019, CM Punk took to X to comment on the lawsuit between the men. Punk called Cabana greedy and alleges that Cabana tried to extort him. He tweeted:

There Is Seemingly No Future For Their Relationship

The Bad Blood Follows Them To AEW

  • CM Punk addressed issues with Colt Cabana at the All Out 2022 press event.
  • It was thought that Punk influenced Khan to not resign Cabana.
  • CM Punk is now in WWE and Cabana is in AEW.

One of the most infamous nights in AEW history occurred at All Out 2022. At the post-media event, Punk addressed a number of issues he had with AEW, including his personal issues with The Elite and Colt Cabana. Rumors were floating around that CM Punk had tried to get Cabana fired from AEW. Tony Khan had initially not resigned Cabana, something which people thought was Punk being in the ear of Khan. However, Cabana ended up eventually being resigned to the company. After the media talk, Punk and The Elite had a physical altercation backstage, resulting in the suspension of all four wrestlers.


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Now, CM Punk is gone from AEW due to a backstage fight with Jack Perry. Punk is back in WWE and will probably never be back in AEW due to the amount of bad press that happened. Cabana, meanwhile, still works for AEW. After everything that has happened, it seems that there is probably no chance that CM Punk and Colt Cabana will ever be friends again.

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