A WWE Hall of Famer thinks Tony Khan deserves praise for something he did as part of the CM Punk situation.
In the span of one week, Punk went from confronting Jack Perry over comments he made into a camera, to wrestling what would be his last AEW match with Samoa Joe, to confronting Tony Khan over the matter, to being suspended, to being terminated from the company.
The entire whirlwind of updates and changes had serious implications for AEW’s future, and Tony Khan needed to make a decision on how the matter needed to be handled.
Khan could’ve tackled this situation in different ways, but in the end, rather than stay behind the scenes, release a statement, and generally stay hush-hush over the matter, Khan chose to tell the AEW audience the truth in front a live Chicago audience that was likely very pro-Punk.
WWE’s Booker T thinks Tony Khan went above and beyond to be honest with AEW’s fans over the CM Punk situation
The fact that Tony Khan put himself in front of a crowd that could’ve spewed venom at him and showered him with a torrent of abuse didn’t go unnoticed.
In fact, Booker T said on his Hall of Fame podcast that Tony Khan deserves special credit for being willing to go that far to stay “open” to the crowd.
“He didn’t have to go out in front of that Chicago fanbase and take that punishment and that abuse, but he went out and did it.
And I think, at the end of the day, I think he got his point across, and he turned those fans a little bit, as far as letting the fans know, ‘I did this for you. This is something that we created. We created it together with you guys.’
And those Chicago fans, I must say, they were a big part of it, even before CM Punk came on board. I think Chicago was a major place as far as AEW goes, you know what I mean? I give Tony Khan a whole lot of credit man.”
CM Punk has not made any public comment on the matter as of this writing.