Since CM Punk first arrived in AEW back in August 2021, he has not been shy in sharing his friendship with FTR.
Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, who are the current and 2-time AEW World Tag Team Champions, have been singing the praises of Punk amid the ongoing issues between himself and the Elite following AEW All Out last year.
Speaking at a Monopoly Events Q&A, FTR discussed Punk, and explained the advice he has given the pair.
“He is one of my best friends in the business. He hasn’t given me any specific advice, but I’ve been pretty forward about my anxiety issues. My anxiety issues stem from sleeping. Going to work was really difficult to me because I didn’t have my wife, who is my support system, I didn’t have her on the road with me. Not that Punk helped me in the way that my wife does, if you know what I’m saying. Maria, sorry, hope you’re not listening. She was my support system and she was my comfort.
“Going on the road was really difficult for me because I was worried about sleep and I was worried about my mind wandering. Punk would say, ‘come to my room, let’s watch wrestling, let’s hang out.’ He just helped me acclimate my brain back to being on the road for my anxiety issues. I’m forever indebted to him for that.”
Cash then added:
“My answer is not going to get any better than that. He really hasn’t given us any specific advice. The crazy thing is, he’s usually just very complimentary of what we’ve done. If we have a match with Aussie Open and he watches it, usually it’s just, ‘you guys are insanely good.’
“To me, most importantly, we were very like minded as far as our mentality goes, wrestling-wise. That’s what has kind of bonded us. He really hasn’t given us a ton of wrestling advice other than, ‘keep doing what you’re doing,’ which I think maybe more than anything gives us the confidence to know we’re on the right path.”
Dax then concluded:
“An advice question you could ask anybody else in the AEW locker room who is not overconfident because he literally had his door open for everyone. He would watch every match, people would go to him and say, ‘Can you watch my match and tell me what I did right and what I did wrong?’ He would and he would stay from the beginning to the end. He did that because he does love professional wrestling, just like we do.”
Punk’s AEW return is tentatively planned for June 17, which would be the debut of the reported new AEW Collision show on TNT.
Punk and FTR will reportedly be the primary stars of the Collision show, while the Elite and the Blackpool Combat Club will head up Dynamite.
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The card tonight’s edition of AEW Dynamite is as follows:
No Holds Barred – Julia Hart vs. Anna Jay
Open House Rules match for the AEW Trios Championship – House of Black (c) vs. Bandido & Best Friends
AEW International Championship – Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Daniel Garcia
Double Jeopardy Match – Claudio Castagnoli vs. Rey Fenix
Steel Cage Match – Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley
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