WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff has offered his perspective on CM Punk’s drawing power in WWE compared to his run in AEW.
CM Punk made a shock return to WWE at Survivor Series less than three months after being let go by Tony Khan’s organisation following a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at AEW All In at London’s Wembley Stadium in August.
Former WCW President Bischoff recently compared Punk’s impact in both companies during an episode of Strictly Business with Eric Bischoff and he believes it is clear which brand benefits more from the Chicago-born Superstar’s presence:
“[The CM Punk brand has] drawn hot in WWE. It did not draw hot in AEW. Big difference. Two different business models, two different companies, and two different approaches to the industry. The Punk that we saw in AEW was a no-win, ain’t going to happen, not going to move the needle — certainly not to the extent that everybody thought it would. And the ratings prove that.
I know he sold a lot of t-shirts. That’s because there are a lot of WWE fans out there. Did not move the needle in AEW, actually did the damage in AEW because of the situation there. Because of the way the company is run and now you’re seeing an entirely different outcome, almost like two different products.”
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H/T: 411Mania for the above transcription.