CM Punk on initial conversations with Tony Khan, why he is working with Darby Allin, thoughts on AEW's locker room, WWE and more


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AEW star CM Punk was interviewed on Renee Paquette’s “Oral Sessions” podcast to talk about his return to pro wrestling, what it was like to hear the pop in Chicago on Rampage, dream opponents and tag partners, what it’s like working with Sting, and more.

CM Punk talking about his initial conversations with Tony Khan:

“My conversations with Tony were very relaxed.  They weren’t so business oriented.  I think famously everybody thinks they know the story of like Tony having a third party reach out to me, and I was like, ‘The timing isn’t right.  I need stuff done a certain way.’  I’m not saying I’m the prettiest girl at the prom or anything like that, but let’s sit down and talk.  That never happened until Tony was like, ‘Yea, I want to sit down and talk.’  I sat, and I talked with him.  Based on things he said, I took a wait and see approach.  He said certain things that made me go, ‘Ok, I’ll sit back and see if this happens’, like the TNT deal.  This is not a slight on Tony at all.  This is a slight on every other person every six months of my entire wrestling career who came around and was like, ‘We got money.  We got a backer.  We got a money mark brother,  We got TV and  we’re going to use all the old ECW guys.  We’re bringing it back.’  My entire career prior to WWE literally was that every 6 months.  There’s a guy named John Collins who famously did time for bouncing checks to not just me, but a whole bunch of guys.  So I was like, ‘Well, I’ve heard it before.’  I’m not one to rush into stuff now.  I’m older and wiser.  So really I just took the backseat approach.  To me, timing is everything.  Eventually it got to the point where it was like, ‘Man, this feels right.’  Then the pandemic hit, and I was just like, ‘Well, now we just have more time to sit back and wait.’  I thought coming back with no fans would have sucked.  Hats off to every single person who worked in front of nobody.  To me, that’s the whole juice of the art of professional wrestling is getting those people invested.  Without that there, that had to be so hard.”

Renee said, ‘Can you imagine not having been able to have the moment that you got to have in Chicago?”

Punk:  “I wouldn’t have let that happen.  Then there’s a series of happy accidents where I’m like, ‘I’m glad I waited.  I’m glad it happened this way.’  Timing is just everything.  It was just the perfect storm.”

Punk was asked about the roar of the crowd that he received in Chicago:

“I didn’t hear sh*t because the instant my music hit, I heard the first rift, and then I heard a jet engine.  It was on top of me.  People have asked me what it felt like, and the only thing I can tell them is there’s an elevated train here in Chicago, the ‘L’.  Go stand underneath it as a double train goes by.  That’s what it felt like.  It was loud, but I’ve heard loud pops before.  This one, it’s  like you felt it.  I didn’t just hear it, I felt it.  It was on top of me.  I went out there.  Sometimes everything becomes a blur, but this time, you see it.  I calmly got down on my knees, I soaked it in, and enjoyed it.  You see me cry.  It’s a total release.  It was a moment in time where I’m exactly where I need to be, and everything is right.  Let’s go knock it out of the park.”

Punk was asked why Darby Allin was the person for him to come back and get in a program with:

“When I was 15, I skateboarded.  I was looking to try and find an identity.  I was an opinionated punk rock kid.  All the jocks made fun of me and stuff like that.  There’s a big thing about Darby that reminds me of me back then.  If I was a kid and I saw him, he would be my favorite wrestler just because he’s different.  He looks different.  He has tattoos.  He’s punk rock, so there’s something there.”

Punk was asked his thoughts about adjusting to a new locker room:

“It’s a new locker room, but it’s not.  There’s so many familiar faces.  I’ve known Cody forever.  Sandra is making tights.  Jan’s doing makeup.  There’s familiar faces in the truck, people who’ve directed WrestleManias.  I know a lot of the people behind the scenes. A lot of familiar faces, but a lot of new ones too.  Some of them make me feel old, but man, do some of them make me feel super cool.  There’s more than one conversation I’ve had that people (in the locker room) are like, ‘I just have to say that you helped me through a bad spot.’  People have tattoos based on me (He wouldn’t say they are when he was asked).  A lot of it’s heavy, but it’s all positive, and it’s overwhelming.”


— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) September 4, 2021

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Why CM Punk Never Actually Intended To Sign With WWE

Cinema Blend 04 September, 2021 - 06:10pm

CM Punk's tagline is that he's the "Best in the World," and wrestling fans might certainly believe that, given the thunderous cheers he's received since joining AEW. The former WWE wrestler's return to the ring was a welcome surprise to many. Though there were some who hoped he'd return to the WWE, Punk recently made it clear that was never really an option.

In an interview with the New York Post about his upcoming debut match at AEW's All Out pay-per-view against Darby Allin, CM Punk confirmed that the WWE wasn't the organization he had in mind for his in-ring return. He explained why he never seriously considered it as a possibility:

I’m not sure it was ever really an option to go back there. There was so much history there, so much baggage.

When CM Punk walked out of WWE, there was a ton of turmoil. WWE tried to play his unexpected absence as an angle, though quickly stopped when Punk appeared on podcasts and publicly disparaged the organization for some of the incidents that occurred during his tenure. Those comments eventually landed Punk in court with a defamation suit against WWE doctor Chris Amann, which Punk eventually won.

CM Punk got a little more specific about why WWE wasn't an option in an interview with Busted Open Radio, some of which touched on his past issues with WWE's medical protocols. Punk revisited the variety of injuries he suffered while in the WWE and how that experience ultimately resulted in his return to wrestling via AEW.

I was going to die, you know what I mean? Because in my head I'm like ‘What would Harley Race do? He would keep going.’ There’s only so many times you can get hurt and keep going. I was never given time off after an elbow surgery, a knee surgery, narrowly avoided a hip surgery. It was always ‘no we need you.’ And it’s nice to be needed, but they will run you dry, you know? And I was on that path. And I watched too many friends get swallowed up by this business, and by drugs, and everything else they thought they had to do to keep going. And I was a cycle breaker, I took myself out of it. I’ve never really been proud of myself about a lot of things, but, you know, that’s just a real life thing that I was proud of myself because I took a step back and I was like ‘they’re not listening to me. I’m sick, I’m hurt. They’re not going to take care of me.’ I had to take care of myself. . .It caused a lot of drama, lots of silly baggage, but I’m alive. I woke up this morning. It sounds dramatic but it’s not bullshit. I would’ve kept going until I literally could not go anymore. And then what? Then I get posthumously inducted into a fugazi hall of fame? I don’t want that, I want to kiss my wife and walk my dog and enjoy things.

The whole thing is a brutally honest admission from CM Punk, but that's the type of candor wrestling fans have come to expect for him. Punk even added that he wished WWE had offered him the help he needed at the time, but in his viewpoint, they didn't. That past drama likely paired with all the drama that could've stirred if he walked back into that company with many of the people he took issue with still under contract, is seemingly why a return to WWE was just not really an option.

Fans can tune into CM Punk's match against Darby Allin during the All Out pay-per-view Sunday, September 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET. Get hyped for Punk's big match and possibly an official appearance by Daniel Bryan as well.

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CM Punk Says WWE Reached Out To Him In December

Wrestling Inc. 04 September, 2021 - 10:45am

According to comments CM Punk made to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, WWE reached out to Punk in December through intermediaries. This occurred shortly after Punk had removed himself from the UFC’s USADA drug-testing pool.

“Punk said WWE had been reaching out to him about a return as well, through intermediaries,” Raimondi wrote. Punk continued to say that while he listened to WWE’s overtures, things did not advance far.

“I remember one of the first things I ever said to them was, ‘Above all, don’t play games,'” Punk said. “And they played games. Some things never change. … When you enter a conversation with people you have a past with and you know who they are, how seriously can you take it? I know exactly who they are and they just continue to prove it. I’m trying to be as diplomatic as I possibly can.”

Punk made several comments about his former employer (without referring to them by name) during his appearance at the First Dance last month. Punk then spoke about his comments regarding WWE during an appearance on The Angi Taylor Show.

“The reality is you can’t talk to me, coming back after seven years, without bringing up the place I used to work,” Punk said. “I’m just trying to do my best to not sling mud so to speak because everything I say about them is 100% the truth.”

This is the most in depth piece you will read about @CMPunk's return. From @marc_raimondi for @ESPN, the inside story of Punk's debut in @AEW, including comments from @TonyKhan @LDAngeli:

Punk will take on Darby Allin tomorrow at All Out. It will be his first official match in over 7.5 years. The show will take place from the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The arena was formerly known as the Sears Center and was the venue of All In on September 1st, 2018.

Secret meetings, negotiations and ice cream bars: The inside story of ?@CMPunk?’s return to wrestling – via @ESPN App

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