CM Punk’s AEW run to date has been criticised by WWE Hall Of Famer Eric Bischoff, who claims the former WWE Champion has shouldn’t be “put on a pedestal.”
From the moment CM Punk arrived in AEW, ending a seven-year absence from professional wrestling, fans and industry insiders alike have been anticipating his appearances with bated breath.
Punk has remained undefeated since making his in-ring debut for the company at All Out, defeating the likes of Darby Allin, Powerhouse Hobbs, and most recently Bobby Fish. However, not everyone has been enthralled by what they’ve seen from The Best In The World.
Punk’s comments that he and Bryan Danielson joining AEW were bigger than Scott Hall and Kevin Nash joining WCW in 1996 irritated Eric Bischoff. Furthermore, Eric Bischoff slammed AEW President Tony Khan for his recent remarks, before claiming that Punk had “sh*t the bed” since returning to the ring.
Eric Bischoff explained why he has been so critical of the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ in a recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast. The former WCW President stated that Punk joining AEW was not the same as Hall and Nash joining WCW, citing the fact that AEW Rampage ratings have dropped since Punk’s debut:
“When Punk came out and said that the AEW signing of him and Daniel Bryan was more significant than Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, well I kind of disagree with that.”
“Yes CM Punk was at a high level, 7 fricking years ago when he was at his peak performance role in WWE. That was 7 years ago, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were fresh off of WWE TV so you can debate significance because it’s another subjective term that’s unquantifiable and I’m not going to bother to do that.”
“I’ll defer to the court, I’ll submit Punk’s position but what I found interesting is after Punk showed up with all his significance, far more significance than Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, only to see AEW lose viewership over the course of the next two or three weeks.”
Bischoff went on to criticise Punk for his comments about Hulk Hogan before claiming that he has “way underdelivered” since joining AEW:
“Over that two-three week slide, Punk comes out and says ‘It’s going to take five years before anybody really notices,’ hahaha. That to me was like okay dude.”
And let’s go back a little further, when CM Punk felt the need to come out in his debut and disparage Hulk Hogan the way that he did, CM Punk doesn’t know Hulk Hogan. Never worked with Hulk Hogan, doesn’t know anything about Hulk Hogan.”
“But he’s trying to get himself over with that dirt sheet/anti-Hogan community and then comparing himself above Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, categorizing himself as more significant and then to come out and when it’s time to deliver, way underdelivered. Way underdelivered, it bears pointing out. If you’re going to talk sh*t and talk smack, then you have to be prepared for others to talk sh*t and talk smack back.”
The former Raw General Manager explained that he believes Punk’s belief that simply being present would elevate those around him was incorrect. This has resulted in a lowered perception of the star, who he claims has done very little since joining AEW:
“I think it’s a mistake to put Punk on such a pedestal that you think he’s so over that all he has to do is show up and sprinkle Punk dust on his opponent and that Punk dust is going to elevate his other opponent and not take anything away from Punk. I think Punk, the way he’s being used now, this is constructive criticism, I think that they diminished the perception. There was a ton of perception, great equity in that perception and then he shows up, does a great promo, gets a great reaction and then does kind of pretty much nothing.
I’m not putting myself over but compared to Scott Hall and Kevin Nash because I’m not the one who did it first, Punk did, but Scott Hall and Kevin Nash showed up immediately in the story and s–t went through the roof and stayed that way for a long time. Showing up and getting that big pop and then having nothing for two or three weeks in a row doesn’t help Punk, doesn’t help the product.”
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