CM Punk had a lot to say during his debut on AEW Rampage this week. Then he thanked fans for keeping the faith alive for seven years while he took time for himself. He also informed fans that they can pick up ice cream bars on their way out of the United Center. That is exactly what happened.
Fans received special CM Punk ice cream bars on their way out of Rampage, and then some sold the wrappers for insane money on eBay. This was a huge moment for pro wrestling fans and a moment in history as well.
Following that big episode of Rampage, CM Punk addressed the ice cream bar idea during a media scrum. He gave credit to the great comedic legend Andy Kaufman for giving him inspiration. Kaufman would also provide his audience members with a snack like when he gave milk and cookies to everyone in attendance at his Carnegie Hall show.
“The Ice Cream bars were me. That’s Andy Kaufman. I used to do it all the time when I would do Q and A’s at comic cons and stuff like that; I would bring people doughnuts, pizza. These ice cream bars, to me, represent an idea, an idea that was gift-wrapped to people that didn’t bother to take the time to try to understand their audience. This is the easiest home run I’ve ever hit. This is a legit thank you. You know, John Lester came to the Chicago Cubs and won us a trophy, won us a World Series. When he got traded away, he opened up a tab at a bunch of bars as a way to say thank you to the fans. This is my way to say thank you to the fans.
This is personal for me and timings everything. It just felt right. When I left Ring of Honor, I did not want to go, but I felt I couldn’t stay. You can’t really explain that to people. It’s just something you live through. When I was sick and tired and hurt and I realized that these people wouldn’t care if I died today, there’d be another show tomorrow. I knew I had to remove myself from the situation.
I didn’t know how long it was going to take for me to heal. Then this came along and credit to everybody involved in AEW. It reminded me of places I used to work that I love, where it was not about — It was just more about the spirit of the thing. Instead of feeling like a house, it felt like a home. That’s the best way I can possibly describe it.”
The ice cream bar joke with CM Punk goes back to his WWE days, and he never got that ice cream from WWE, but he sure received some from AEW. We’ll have to see if he continues giving treats to fans, but his presence is probably more than enough for most people attending AEW events.
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Thanks to Fightful for the transcription