CM Punk has spoken of WWE’s repetitive formula, and how that was a driver in his decision to instead sign with All Elite Wrestling.
He certainly no longer seems to be ‘The Voice Of The Voiceless’ as he has been very open on his reasons for signing with AEW, including how it provides him with the opportunity to have some exciting new matches.
Punk has recently expanded further on this with NYC Radio host Josh Martinez, speaking of how a move to WWE would have likely meant going through the same old routine the company always uses.
I literally want to wrestle everybody, but I’m telling a specific story here of coming back, kind of restarting, rekindling my love for pro wrestling. If I went back to WWE, what would I do? There’s a formula. There’s a track record and a formula. This is what they do. Batista comes back, he wins the Royal Rumble, he main events WrestleMania. Edge comes back. He’s in the Royal Rumble. I think he was in it twice.
He might have won, I don’t know. He goes on the main event WrestleMania. There’s a formula and I was bored of that sh*t 10 years ago, so I’m bored of it now. I understand people saying that they don’t like certain things and all that, then it’s not for you. I get it. Like I said, I’m there for the fans in the building. I’m telling the stories that I want to tell, and I’m having fun doing it. You’ll know when it’s not fun for me because I won’t do it.
The former WWE Champion went on to discuss the differences between the locker room now to when he started in the wrestling business. Punk also spoke of his desire to change some of the toxicity which used to exist, and how he will not be paying that forward.
I mean, it’s youth. There for certain is a youth movement in wrestling, and there’s a lot more cycle breakers in the locker rooms nowadays. The people that never understood why they were treated a certain way, but we’re all on the same team, and instead of continuing to do that tradition, then passing that down, hazing, bullying, whatever you want to call it, there’s people like myself that are just like, we’re just tired of it.
I’m not paying that forward. I’m going to treat people the way that I wasn’t treated, the way I thought that everybody should have been treated, with a smile and a hug rather than a ‘oh, you got to earn my respect’ or some weird macho bullsh*t. It’s just a more conducive working environment. If somebody wants to look at that and say that it’s soft, that’s fine. I know people in the locker room that are hard as nails but just because you’re a tough guy doesn’t mean you need to be mean to other people.
CM Punk is currently undefeated in AEW. Following his first victory at All Out against Darby Allin, he has gone on to pick up the win over the likes of Powerhouse Hobbs, Daniel Garcia and, most recently on this week’s episode of Dynamite, Bobby Fish.
Punk has also been vocal on a number of other topics since his return to the squared circle, mostly in favour of AEW and his new boss Tony Khan. He even made the comparison between the signings AEW made around the same time with the likes of Bryan Danielson as Adam Cole, claiming they were bigger than when The Outsiders invaded WCW.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.