After CM Punk’s departure over the weekend, PWInsider.com has received confirmation that Chris Guy, also known as Ace Steel, has been released from AEW earlier today.
Steel, who initially trained Punk and Colt Cabana, was brought on board by AEW as a Coach/Producer following his release from WWE. In WWE, he served as a Performance Center Coach and NXT Producer. He even made on-screen appearances alongside Punk leading up to the All Out 2022 PPV, during which Punk had a backstage altercation with The Elite. During this incident, Steel, with his wife present, became involved and reportedly bit Kenny Omega.
Steel was the sole individual let go by the company in the aftermath of this incident. However, he was later rehired, primarily due to Punk’s insistence. Initially, the plan was for Steel to serve as Punk’s Coach/Producer. But when AEW Collision was set to be announced, the company made the decision that Steel would not be permitted to work physically on-site during the tapings. This led to a delay in announcing Punk’s return as both parties worked out the logistics, with Steel contributing remotely via Zoom calls.
Over the past month, there were discussions within AEW about finding a space in Florida for Steel to continue training and working with talents. However, this plan has now been shelved.