CM Punk has responded to claims that he’s unsettled in AEW, claiming that he loves the company and people should speak to him directly if they think otherwise.
On the 17th August 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite, CM Punk opened the show with a promo which soon made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. There were claims that he went off script to make disparaging remarks towards ‘Hangman’ Adam Page, calling him a coward for failing to appear whilst knowing he wasn’t in the building.
This led to plenty of speculation that the AEW World Champion was unhappy with the company, and may well be looking for a way out.
However, speaking with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, CM Punk has poured cold water on this, saying that he loves AEW and he’s always willing to talk to people like an adult.
You try not to put too much stock in internet rumors. But for AEW, I definitely think that’s part of our audience. Twitter’s not real life, though. On top of that, a lie makes its way around the world twice before the truth puts his boots on or gets out of bed.
If I addressed every rumor, I’d be here all day. I love AEW. It’s not a competition of who loves it more or who’s the heart and soul, or who’s this and who’s that. AEW allowed me a second chance to do what I do best, and that’s professionally wrestle.
It’s one side of the story. My locker room is never closed. It’s always open. Anybody who wants to DM [the Wrestling Observer’s Dave] Meltzer some bullsh*t can come talk to me about it. It’s not macho, stupid bullsh*t. I’m an adult. Come talk with me.
Continuing on, CM Punk spoke of how he is ready for title title unification match with Interim Champion Jon Moxley this week, and how being urged to get healthy rather than back in the ring is a far cry from what happened with his previous employers.
I don’t want to let the team down, but I don’t want to re-injure myself. I told my wife, my surgeon, and Tony [Khan] that I’m in a rush to be healthy, not in a rush to get back. Whereas, in the past, two weeks after knee surgery, it was, ‘I’ll owe you one, pal. We need you to do this match.’ I didn’t feel comfortable about that. I feel 100% testing my limits on Dynamite.
Tony Khan has also recently given his take on Punk’s Dynamite promo.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.