Steve Austin Shares What He Thinks Of CM Punk

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Steve Austin revealed his thoughts on CM Punk, which included a lot of kind words with Stone Cold crediting Punk for getting over on his own merits.

For many fans of pro wrestling, a match between former WWE Champions “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and CM Punk is a dream match. While Austin did compete at Wrestlemania 38 last year for the first time in 19 years, he may never wrestle again and even if he does, Austin is a WWE guy while Punk remains an AEW wrestler.

The AEW in-ring return of CM Punk is expected to happen soon with the launch of AEW Collision on June 17th, but there are some top stars in the company that would be happy if Punk never came back.

In an interview with Forbes, Steve Austin praised CM Punk while noting that he doesn’t really follow AEW much and didn’t know CM Punk tore his triceps in September 2022, which is the last time CM Punk had a match.

“Man, I just sent Punk a message last night. I didn’t know he had torn his triceps. I haven’t been following anything. I don’t know what’s going on with that. Me and Phil trade messages every here and there. We rarely talk, probably once or twice a year. I love the guy, and I don’t even know if I mentored him because Punk’s probably a lot smarter than I am.”

“Great promo guy, great worker, he’s got his own thing going and we’re just friends. So I think I remember there’s a picture of myself and him from Chicago, my favorite town to work in, my favorite building. And I guess he had come down to where we were all hanging out. Maybe he looked up to me back in the day, but I don’t know if I so much mentored him because I think he paid his own dues. He learned it the way he did and he got over on his own merits.”

“The fact that maybe I could have been somewhat of an influence would be flattering if that were the case. But he’s made his own career. But I don’t even know what’s going on with the current situation or what they’re doing because right now I rarely watch any of the product. I watch all the pay-per-views and major pay-per-views, but he’s certainly carved out a hellacious career in his own right by his own right.”

There are actually two photos of a teenage CM Punk with Steve Austin. In the first one, you can see the late, great WWE Hall of Famer “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith in the background.

While Steve Austin and CM Punk never had a match in WWE, they did take part in a video that WWE did to promote the WWE ’13 video game as they delivered some memorable promos.