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AEW Star Defends CM Punk

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Ricky Starks worked with CM Punk on AEW Collision in 2023, before Punk got fired from All Elite Wrestling after All In.

During an interview with Whatculture, Starks was asked if he had any issues with Punk.

Here’s what the former AEW World Tag Team Champion replied:

“Every time he saw my outfits, he would laugh, and he would be like, ‘This is perfect.’ There was a great collaboration going on in that regard. That’s why I have no issues with Punk. I don’t give a f**k what anybody tries to tell me. I don’t care.

He has never done me wrong. And you can have your opinions on him and all that. But you shouldn’t vilify someone for thinking differently than you. You get what I’m saying? I will say that till I’m blue in the face, he really went out of his way to really try to make something on that Collision show for me. And I feel like we were, it was working. And I feel like we were really onto something.

And I think that’s why that strap match with Bryan really means a lot because it just felt like the things that I had learned was like coming to a head of like, ‘Here we go’.

So, you know, yeah, he was a great dude. And I still think Punk is a good dude, in my opinion, like, he has helped. He tried to help a lot of us on that show. And I can always be thankful for that. Yeah.”

Starks also said the following about Punk’s influence on AEW Collision:

“Punk was very instrumental in my presentation on Collision, there’s a video clip that constantly gets reshared, where the pyro going off and exploding and blah, blah. That was all Punk’s idea. Punk had a vision for trying to help out certain people. And getting along.

And I do remember a conversation with him where he was like, ‘You know, it’s really up to you to swim, sink or swim’. And I felt like I put a lot of stress on myself and pressure on myself to constantly outperform my last match that I had just to prove that if he was going to, you know, put his name on me, so to speak, or be the one to push for me that I needed to do my part and make sure I never let that down. And it was the same thing.

When I had the tag match with The Bucks, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t let The Bucks down, or with Sting like it’s those things. Punk was very instrumental in making sure like, ‘Hey, we should try to do something different with this dude. And I think Punk is the only one that was closest to really understanding me in that regard.”

Punk and Starks faced each other twice in singles matches in AEW. Starks defeated Punk to win the 2023 Owen Hart Cup. In the second match, Punk defeated Starks to retain the “Real” AEW World Championship, with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the Special Outside Official.

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