“That might have been the greatest moment, the greatest night of my career”

Aug 23, 2021 - by James Walsh

In a recent interview with Kap & J. Hood on ESPN Chicago, CM Punk discussed his return to pro wrestling on AEW Rampage, the business impact on his return, and much more. Here’s what CM Punk had to say (via Wrestling Inc.):

CM Punk on his pro wrestling return on AEW Rampage: “That might have been the greatest moment, the greatest night of my career. Just the entire night couldn’t have gone more perfect. The way we set it up as the worst kept secret, selling out the United Center on the rumor that I was going to be there, never announced, never advertised. It shows the connection to the fan base that AEW has, that they get it, right? They want to be involved, they want to be entertained, they want to go up to shows and have a good time. So we didn’t feel the need to beat them over the head to get a TV rating. And don’t get me wrong, I know executives at TNT love their ratings. But to me pro wrestling has always been about moments and getting people to feel something. It was the perfect storm, the perfect night.”

On comparing his return on both a personal and business standpoint: “The way I debuted, everybody being super positive backstage,” Punk said. “I met so many new people, having my family with me, I could go on and on. It was the perfect night and the perfect moment for so many reasons. And I’m just talking personally. Publicly I think it’s a smashing success. A lot of people love YouTube views and likes and clicks and all that stuff. That stuff doesn’t really matter to me all that much, but it’s a big deal to a lot of people. The metrics and the analytics people love that stuff. But to me it was just about making people happy. I gave people ice cream, just like Jon Lester is giving people beer when he’s leaving this city. I’m back and I want to show the fans how thankful I am that they waited for seven years.”

One Response

  1. john schleehauf says:

    Wow. I thought Punk said in several interviews that going back to wrestling would be like going back into high school again, that there was no point to it. Lmao! What happened to that big MMA “career” that lasted 2 “fights”? What’s wrong? Run out of the job opportunities you got ONLY because of your association with wrestling? Disrespect the sport that took you from a f@$ked up household with an abusive drunk father and neglectful mother, gqve absolutely nothing back and only return when all other options ran out.

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