Chris Jericho says “the issues have been rectified” in AEW following the firing of CM Punk.
While all of the focus should have been on AEW’s success in packing Wembley Stadium for All In, only one man’s name was on anybody’s lips following the show – CM Punk.
Punk became embroiled in a physical altercation with Jack Perry before the show and subsequent investigation led to the former AEW World Champion being fired with immediate effect.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Chris Jericho addressed the All In controversy without referring to Punk by name and began by explaining if he was frustrated at how fast the news of the backstage incident was made public:
“It’s wrestling though, man. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll. I think people like to focus on negative. I remember when I got into the fight with Goldberg in Milwaukee [in 2003], it was out on whatever version of the internet was then 10 minutes later… So it’s not like this is the first time there’s been incidents backstage. It happens. I just think now with social media that people want to jump on the negative.”
Chris Jericho admits “there’s gonna be issues” in a wrestling company
Chris Jericho then said that the issues in the company have been rectified and he feels that so many positive things in the company often get overlooked in favour of the negative:
“We know the issues. The issues have been rectified. But the point is, it’s like — there’s so much positive things going on. And those things are always kind of a little bit downplayed. But it’s the negative that gets focused on. I know what’s going on in the locker room, and we know what areas we need to work on. I mean, negative press is negative press.
“Once again, you still got, out of those 81,000 people [at Wembley Stadium], how many people know what even happened or even really care? You know what I mean, the hardcore, and the journalists, and the guys who do this care. And we should. But there’s also fans — not just 81,000, how about being number one on cable once again four weeks in a row? Number one — the number one show out of all shows [on Wednesday], is AEW.
“So to me, that’s a huge positive that also gets kind of lost in the shuffle because somebody’s in a bad mood one day, or whatever it might be. It happens, it’s wrestling. We’re all gypsies, tramps, and thieves, and there’s gonna be issues from time to time.”
WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray then asked Jericho outright if he believes AEW is better now than it was a month ago when CM Punk was still part of the roster and Jericho answered adamantly:
“Yes. Yes, absolutely.”
Punk’s All In opponent Samoa Joe also recently had his say on what happened in Wembley Stadium while Tony Khan still won’t be drawn on the subject of CM Punk.