A big ego is needed to be a successful professional wrestler and Rob Van Dam recently claimed that CM Punk has “as big of an ego” as anybody that RVD has met in wrestling.
CM Punk returned to professional wrestling when he debuted for AEW in August 2021. It was Punk’s first time working for a major wrestling company since walking out of WWE in January 2014, which meant over seven years away from a business where Punk claimed he was the “best in the world” repeatedly.
At AEW Double or Nothing in May 2022, Punk won the AEW World Title for the first time. Punk had to give up the title days later due to an injury, so he won it back from Jon Moxley at All Out on September 4th.
That was also the same night where Punk went on a post-show rant at a press conference complaining about Colt Cabana, “Hangman” Adan Page, and some Executive Vice Presidents in AEW. Punk got into a backstage fight with three of those EVPs – The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, which led to all of them (along with Punk’s friend Ace Steel) being suspended. Punk also suffered a major arm injury in that All Out match that required surgery and he’s out of action for the next eight months. It’s currently unknown if he will even return to AEW when he’s healthy.
Rob Van Dam is a WWE Hall of Famer that worked with Punk for several years when they were in WWE at the same time.
During a recent Inside The Ropes live event in the UK, RVD spoke candidly about how he thought Punk had a big ego while adding that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“Anyway, CM Punk probably has as big of an ego as anybody I can think of that I met in the business. I’m not saying that necessarily in a bad way. Depends on how you take it, but I think that he believes that he really is the best, you know, the best in the world. I learned years ago, that strippers can be fun to date, as long as they can leave the gimmick at work and not bring it home and be normal at home.”
“If you’re able to come back in the dressing room and still be that guy in the ring, that say they really believes you’re the best in the world, and you’re ready to prove it or whatever, then you know, the business looks at someone like that as like ‘Dude, you’re believing your own hype.’”
“There’s nobody on their own that is moving the industry, it’s everybody together. So being around him just feeling his energy, I feel like he believes that. Hey, these guys make it to the top the guys who believe in themselves the most the guys who do the promos that convince you they really think they’re the best. They are the ones who make it to the top. They’re also the ones that I can’t stand because I think they’re f*cking crazy.”