The backstage reaction to CM Punk and MJF’s war of words on Wednesday’s (November 24) episode of Dynamite has been revealed.
During the special Thanksgiving show, MJF confronted Punk, comparing the former WWE Champion to John Cena and taking a dig at his shortlived UFC run. Punk then called MJF a ‘less famous Miz’, arguing that the only way for MJF to become number 1 is for him to marry into Tony Khan’s family.
On Busted Open Radio, Mark Henry explained that during the segment, there were around 30 wrestlers watching the monitor in the back, ‘popping’.
Unsure if there has been a match that has entertained him as much as the promo battle, Henry said:
“I was so unbelievably amazed. I started off at the monitor. I’m sitting at the monitor. There’s 30 wrestlers sitting around that area, and everybody is popping. If you’re popping wrestlers, you’ve done something in your life. You won. I had to get up, walk out to the crowd to feel it because that’s why people go to wrestling.
“People go to wrestling because of how you feel, not because you just want to be entertained. There is true life, emotional investment. You want to feel it. That’s one of the reasons why AEW is so popular right now is because the crowd feels like they have a role in what they’re seeing, and they do. They absolutely do. I got to go out there. It felt like electricity moving my clothes one zinger to another one, one zinger back and forth.
“The city of Chicago, everybody that was there, will get to tell people for the rest of their lives, ‘I was at that show where CM Punk and MJF went toe to toe, a battle of wits, over 20 minutes, and not one punch connected.’ It was arguably the best verbal jousting that I’ve ever seen. I’ve watched segments of Wild ‘N Out. I’ve watched all of the Rap Battles back and forth. 8 Mile didn’t have anything on that on Wednesday. You can’t tell me that you’ve ever seen two human beings go back and forth like we saw.
“I can’t think of anything that is remotely close, even as good of matches that we’ve seen on AEW, as good of matches that we’ve seen on WWE programming, all of the elite wrestling that we’ve seen across the board in Impact, I’ve not seen a match that’s entertained me as much as that (the promo)”
Quote via WrestlingNews.co.