CM Punk Calls AEW Debut A ‘Joyful Moment,’ Says It Did Not Feel Like A Job

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CM Punk Calls AEW Debut A ‘Joyful Moment,’ Says It Did Not Feel Like A Job

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CM Punk has had two very memorable moments in front of his hometown crowd, but the latest one felt natural.

CM Punk and Tony Khan took part in a post-show media call after Punk debuted on AEW Rampage, and Punk was asked to compare his 2011 WWE title win at Money In The Bank to his AEW debut. Punk said a lot of what he did in WWE felt like work, but tonight was organic and very straightforward.

“This felt more organic. Everything I ever did prior to being here felt like a fight, and it kinda squeezed the life out of some stuff. This was a joyful moment that was just—it didn’t need to get overproduced, it didn’t need everybody’s input, it needed a few select people’s input and just an understanding that it’s pro wrestling, you know? You don’t need to slick it up and lacquer it, shine it up too much, it needed to be real. So, to compare the two moments, this one did not feel like a job.”

Punk will get a chance to have another memorable Chicago moment when he faces off with Darby Allin at All Out. Punk also spoke about how much he’ll be involved with the promotion moving forward; you can read his (and Tony Khan’s) remarks at this link.

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