According to Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer, AEW released producer Ace Steel on Tuesday (Oct. 18).
Steel is a former independent wrestler, and CM Punk’s trainer & long-time friend. He appeared on television as part of Punk’s AEW World title feud with Jon Moxley this summer, and was reportedly fined by AEW for language he used in a television promo. More importantly, he was also a part of the infamous backstage fight that happened after Punk’s incendiary comments at the post-All Out media scrum, allegedly joining Punk to take on Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks. According to accounts of the brawl, Steel threw a chair at Nick Jackson of The Bucks and bit Omega.
He’d been suspended along with Punk & The Elite trio since the fight occurred on Sept. 5. AEW’s is said to be investigating the entire incident, but has made no official statements outside of stripping Punk & The Elite of the championships they won at All Out. That investigation is believed to be held up by the possibility of legal action or actions by a party or parties involved.
Regarding Steel’s release and the status of the other four men, Meltzer said:
“So I guess that is the first bit of news out of that whole situation in weeks. There’s a lot of other stuff going on, but it’s just stuff going on and there’s nothing else really to it. But he was released yesterday.”