CM Punk on AEW: “I know they like to talk about me a lot”

Jul 25, 2019 - by Steve Gerweck

CM Punk was interviewed by ESPN to promote his appearance on 8/31 at Starrcast and noted was given an offer by text by All Elite Wrestling to come work for the company, but wrestling is not in his future.

On whether he has a relationship with AEW:

“No. I know they like to talk about me a lot. If I text Matt Jackson, “Hey, have a great show tonight,” which I did when they had their big show in Vegas, that somehow turns into Tony Khan telling people he has a great relationship with me. I’ve said in the past I’ve talked to them, but nothing ever came of anything.”

If there’s an expection he’ll appear at All Out after agreeing to Starrcast:

“I’m competing against myself. For better or for worse, it’s in the public eye. So obviously people are going to broadcast my failures. Success quietly hugs you in private and failure slaps you in front of the world. That’s just life. People just don’t keep that to account when they’re talking s— about you on Twitter or when you stumble and fall, they laugh at you. I think if there’s an expectation, it’s purely been built by them. My silence to some fans means something. They’re trying to read the tea leaves, but there’s nothing to read. I even feel like talking about it may feel like I’m putting some sort of negative slant on it, but I’m really not. The fact is I know they’ve teased me ad nauseam, and if anybody is gonna get mad it’s at me because I don’t show up. Well then, I don’t know what to tell you. That’s one of those things that’s none of my business.”

On Whether something could be imminent with AEW:

“The last thing I got — I got a text from Cody [Rhodes]. And again, I almost don’t even know how to reply to them sometimes, because if I reply, they do interviews and are like, “Oh yeah, I just talked to Punk.” I’m kind of damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I always think if somebody wants to do business with me, they can come talk to me. Texting offers isn’t really a way to do good business, at least.”
Punk said he received an offer via text, noting, “It was texted through three people and an offer came in through text. This is like a month ago, maybe,” describing it as “I think it was just a general offer. I never could have done the last one in Vegas [Double or Nothing], because I was in California for CFFC.”

Punk noted that he is still under contract to UFC and agreed that potentially, his future in MMA could be as a commentator. He continues to train in the sport in MIlwaukee at Roufusport

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