Rob Van Dam – ‘CM Punk & Jack Perry’s Altercation Wasn’t A Big Deal’

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Rob Van Dam wrestled Jack Perry in a losing effort on AEW Dynamite last month in the lead-up to AEW All In 2023.

During the post-show media scrum at AEW All Out 2023, AEW President Tony Khan confirmed that Perry had been suspended indefinitely due to his backstage altercation with CM Punk, who has already been fired by AEW.


On a recent edition of his “1 Of A Kind” podcast, Rob Van Dam discussed the altercation between Punk and Perry that took place at AEW All In London on August 27.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On the CM Punk and Jack Perry backstage incident: “It happened, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. I’m sure people are going to s*** on this opinion, but that’s what I said when I saw that every single site was picking this up. I said to Katie, I’m sure it’s my old school fundamentals, but I said ‘I don’t think this should be that big of a deal.’ She said, ‘Right, they’re both fighters, right?’ I see at weigh-ins where they do the face off and they take the picture, a lot of times they get to close and they pie face and start going at it or whatever, and I get you got to set some strict rules if you don’t want that to happen every single time, I get it with that. But with wrestling, it’s even a little bit different because the competitors don’t have the whole injury, win or lose, be in the best condition possible to have every advantage, wrestlers aren’t in that the same way that a fighter is.”

On how if this happened in MMA, promoters would try to book a fight out of it: “So if they let out a little bit of steam every once in a while, usually what would happen is that the promoter would put those two in the ring as soon as possible. That happened every time that I can think about it. That’s what Paul did with me and Taz. It’s always been that way and I always find that people work it out by working together. I’m surprised that it’s that big of news, but if you look at it like it’s football, sure whatever I guess. With wrestling, I don’t know, it’s not something you should just ignore if you’re the boss and you got millions and millions invested and some of that is going to these two players and you need to handle the business end of it to protect your investment. Besides that, it’s not the same thing as the corporate office, it’s the dressing room.”

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