What Did CM Punk & FTR Say After AEW Collision Went Off The Air?

CM Punk promo on AEW Collision

CM Punk is back in AEW, and he had a special message for LGBTQ+ youth after Collision went off the air.

On June 17th, CM Punk made his long-awaited return to AEW for the first time since All Out. Opening the debut episode of Collision, Punk cut a passionate promo in front of his hometown Chicago crowd, addressing the controversy of the past ten months and even taking a jab at The Young Bucks.

In the main event, Punk teamed with FTR to defeat the the trio of Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Samoa Joe. After the show went off the air, Punk and FTR remained in the ring, addressing the crowd once more.

Dax Harwood spoke first, praising AEW as the best promotion in the world and addressing his friendship with CM Punk, saying:

“On Saturday night, June 17th in Chicago, f**king Illinois. It’s great to be a pro wrestler. Hey, listen, Chicago, AEW. Sometimes I can get a lot of flack for being this man’s best friend. Sometimes, yeah yeah. Sometimes I can get a lot of heat for speaking the truth. What I want to tell you is AEW houses the best professional wrestlers in the world. AEW houses the most passionate professional wrestlers in the world. And let me tell you, regardless what the journalists want you to think, it ain’t Dynamite versus Collision, it’s AE God damn W.”

CM Punk took to the microphone next, speaking first about a friend of his who’s battling cancer and saying his own struggles don’t compare.

“Listen up real quick. I could talk to you guys for 90 minutes. The last 10 months of my life, there’s been a little bit of a hell. But I got a buddy named Chad who’s got cancer real bad, and all of my woes, and all of my pissing and moaning and crying, is a fraction of what I watch him go through. And he’s still positive, and he fights when he gets chemo. So me saying, ‘Oh, I heard my tricep, and maybe somebody on the internet in their mom’s basement doesn’t like me.’ That’s all horse shit. I love each and every single one of you, even the guy who spelled my name wrong on that sign.”

Continuing, CM Punk said he didn’t know what reaction he was going to get from the crowd and thanked them for their love. He also had a special message for LGBTQ+ youth, shouting out an ice cream company that supports trans youth and explaining why the cause is so dear to him.

“Also, hey, listen. I didn’t know what I was walking into. I was told everybody hates me. And there’s a big part of me that said, ‘Good, I’m going to make a lot of money.’ But it did feel nice coming out here and feeling the love. This young man’s name is Colby. I saw his sign.

“I recently… Listen. I recently reposted something from Pretty Cool Ice Cream. I don’t know if you guys were here two years ago. I bought y’all ice cream. I would’ve done it again, but I thought y’all hated me. We’re coming back soon, don’t worry. You better hope I don’t hate you before then. I reposted something from Pretty Cool Ice Cream, it was an ice cream bar that some of the proceeds or if you purchased a bar, went to support trans youth.

“Listen, I got a lot of hate for reposting that message. Somebody in particular, don’t know who it is, nameless, faceless person on the internet said, ‘Why do you support that trash?’ And I thought about replying, but you can’t argue with stupid, okay? You just both look stupid.

“The reason I support trans kids, trans grownups, gay, straight, lesbian, whoever, is because I know when I was growing up, I didn’t fit in anywhere, but it was because of the clothes I wore, what my hair looked like, the music I listened to. Those are all things I could rectify. I could cut my hair. I could listen to jazz. I don’t know what. But to be somebody who’s gay, lesbian, especially trans, I don’t know what it feels like to be trapped in a body that I don’t feel I belong in. That is why I support that.

“I didn’t fit in anywhere until I found pro wrestling and all the freaks and geeks in the locker room were just like me, maybe because they’re a little bit psychotic and they couldn’t hold on to a real job, but that’s another story. Support trans kids. Support gay and lesbian rights. I want everybody to be themselves. Just do no harm to everybody else. Thank you. I love you.”

According to a recent report, CM Punk is set to appear on AEW Dynamite on Wednesday, June 21st.

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