In a series of heated exchanges on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, professional wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and attorney Stephen P. New have reignited discussions surrounding the infamous AEW Brawl Out incident of 2022.
The controversy centers around conflicting claims regarding confidentiality agreements allegedly signed by those involved in the backstage altercation. Stephen P. New, representing former AEW personalities Ace Steel and CM Punk, asserted that Steel's wife was the only individual who didn't sign a confidentiality agreement post-incident.
This statement prompted a strong rebuttal from Jericho, a key eyewitness, who stated that he hadn't signed any non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) himself. Jericho's response, laden with the unfiltered candor he's known for, directly challenged New's assertions.
"I don't adhere to an employee handbook and have NEVER had one in 4 years of working for @aew," Jericho wrote. "I've also never signed an NDA in my life...ever. So stop trying to be a bully and making egotistical fantasy brags for your clients, and start doing some research before you make blanket statements about your buddies."
Backstage Brawl Fallout
The core of the dispute lies in the murky details of the backstage fight that reportedly involved CM Punk, Ace Steel, Kenny Omega, and The Young Bucks.
The fallout from this altercation led to suspensions and, in Steel's case, termination. The involved parties have remained largely silent about the specifics of the incident, making the public spat between Jericho and New a rare glimpse into the differing perspectives on the matter.
Jericho, emphasizing his firsthand experience, added, "I saw EVERYTHING that night...including how Lucy (and her husband and best buddy) acted and what really went down...and since I was in the room and watching her and everybody else the whole time, I know exactly what really happened.
And considering you weren't there and I was...maybe you should shut your mark ass up. Because what really went down was disgusting." As the wrestling community continues to speculate on the events of that night, the ongoing public disagreement between Jericho and New offers a compelling narrative of conflicting viewpoints and unresolved tensions within the AEW.
With both parties standing firm in their claims, the true story behind the Brawl Out incident remains shrouded in mystery, fueling further debate among fans and insiders alike.