• CM Punk Explains Why He Didn’t Sign With AEW In 2019
AEW President Tony Khan has noted in the past that he wanted to start All Elite Wrestling with CM Punk as one of his main stars.
Punk was his “first pick” when it came to signing talent for his new wrestling promotion back in 2019.
During his appearance on Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast, Punk had the following to say when asked about not signing with AEW in 2019:
“Yeah, I talked to Tony. You know, my perception on this, and I said this to Tony, to his face at that time…I’m a guy who has constantly heard, ‘Hey I got a money guy, hey I got TV.’ I’ve heard that at least once or twice a year for 15-20 years of my wrestling career.
I’ve gotten bounced checks from those gentlemen. You watched it happen, especially after ECW folded, it was everybody was re-starting ECW, everybody was going to be the ECW guys.
There was a dude named John Collins, who did time in prison for bouncing checks, and it always seems like somebody’s gonna, ‘Oh we’re going to start up and we’re going to compete with Vince [McMahon],’ and I always thought that came from a bad spot because if you want to start up a pro-wrestling company, I think you should always just focus on yourself.
So, I more or less took a wait-and-see approach. And I wasn’t, or I am not, interested in pro-wrestling, in that respect. We’re here, we’re talking about ‘Heels’ (upcoming pro-wrestling drama series) and it just so happened, maybe it could be back luck that the next role I got is set in the world of professional wrestling, but you know, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
I’m focused on being an actor, and just like I was when I was a wrestler, focused on being the best I could be, I’m focused on being the best actor I could be.”
As we have noted before, Tony Khan is teasing Punk’s AEW debut for next week.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 12, 1996) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 1996, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Monday Night RAW’.
It was broadcasted from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1996’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Faarooq vs. BodyDonna Skip
2. Crush vs. Savio Vega
3. The Godwinns vs. T.L. Hopper & Who
4. Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart