CM Punk – “We Are Not Competing With SummerSlam And UFC”

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CM Punk believes that while AEW Collision is on a tough night on Saturdays, they really aren’t competing with other companies that have shows on the same night.

Tonight’s episode of AEW Collision will feature CM Punk defending the “Real” AEW World Heavyweight Championship against his rival Ricky Starks. In addition to that, FTR will defend the AEW Tag Team Titles against the impressive tag team of Big Bill & Brian Cage.

Ever since AEW Collision launched two months ago, they have had stacked cards because they are trying to build an audience that will watch them on Saturday nights.

Sometimes on a Saturday, you face light competition, but tonight there’s some major competition. That’s because WWE will be holding their SummerSlam Premium Live Event tonight, there’s a UFC event, and there’s a Jake Paul-Nate Diaz fight that drew a sellout crowd as well.

CM Punk Believes Collision Is Not Competing With SummerSlam And UFC

In the opinion of CM Punk, who is unquestionably the biggest star on Collision since the show is usually built around him, they are not competing with SummerSlam and UFC. Punk explained why to Sports Illustrated.

“We are not competing with SummerSlam. We are going to go up against college football soon. We have already been up against monster UFC cards every single Saturday. We are not competing with them.”

“We are competing with what we did last Saturday. I am competing with who I was yesterday as a human being and a pro wrestler, and we, as the Collision team, are competing with what we did last Saturday. That’s always going to be what we are striving to do, and I think that’s an important message for the fans to understand.”

CM Punk also explained why he believes Collision is on a good night in terms of selling tickets.

“Collision is on a bad night for television, but the trade off is that I think it’s a lot easier to sell a ticket to a Saturday night show than it is on a Wednesday or Monday or Friday. I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but we absolutely love the challenge. I think we’ve outdone ourselves so far.”

The next major AEW pay-per-view event is All In at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Sunday, August 27th with over 80,000+ fans in attendance most likely. CM Punk hasn’t been announced for a match yet, but he will likely be a big part of that show.