It happened, we all know it happened. CM Punk is actually, really, back in professional wrestling. He’s in AEW and he will wrestle Darby Allin at All Out on September 5.
Punk immediately hopped onto the post-show media scrum after last night’s AEW Rampage (August 20) with AEW President Tony Khan, where he spoke about the backstage environment in AEW.
“We also don’t want to beat you over the head with it and lie. You know, I didn’t have them construct some fugazi pipe and drape and drive me in the United Center and hide me from everybody. I walked in here like a human being, and I was like, ‘hey everybody,’ meeting people walking through the hallway because I just think these people, again, nobody’s back here standing on their own dick. Everybody’s getting out of their own way. Just let stuff happen and having fun. Behind the camera and in front of the camera, people just having fun, and they just want to be a part of it, that’s it. So nobody’s trying to, you know, tweet and spoil stuff. Let’s just all have fun.
Punk then went on to explain how his debut was ‘the worst kept secret in wrestling’. He said:
“So I think a lot of people back here were in on it. They knew I was going to be here but they weren’t sure, and man isn’t that fun? Isn’t that fun? Worst kept secret designed that way for a reason. You can criticize and say well, ‘they should advertise, maybe the ratings will be better.’ It’s about the moments. It’s about the moments and making people go ‘oh man, I can’t miss the show I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is fun and I want to be a part of.'”
Punk revealed on the media scrum that negotiations between himself and AEW first started a year and a half ago.
transcription via Fightful