CM Punk made his All Elite Wrestling debut on this week’s AEW Rampage: The First Dance, a move that created a lot of buzz for the company. Tony Schiavone considered it the greatest debut in pro wrestling history. It seems Punk knew he was going to AEW beforehand.
Punk was in talks with AEW for quite a long time as well. Fans and pro wrestlers alike were delighted to see him in AEW. His debut was also delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The thunderous response he received from fans during his AEW debut was compared to Michael Jordan’s reception, a comparison that he really loved.
While speaking to Variety, CM Punk revealed that while shooting for ‘Heels,’ he already had AEW in the back of his mind and knew he was going to debut in the company. He considered the show as a training camp as well.
“It wasn’t 100%, but I knew that’s what I was doing, if that makes sense. It was just fortuitous, I guess. Here I am in a wrestling ring for this acting gig and I know, in the back of my head, I’m getting back into the ring in a few months anyway, so I figured it was two birds one stone. I got a little out of camp training.”
CM Punk’s debut helped bring in 1.1 million viewers for AEW Rampage: The First Dance and even Eric Bischoff stated that WWE will be forced to change because of CM Punk. It remains to be seen how well CM Punk will fare in the company.
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