CM Punk’s AEW debut last month at AEW Rampage: The First Dance was touted as the biggest moment in the company’s history and many felt the same. CM Punk already smashed T-shirt sales records with his first batch of t-shirts.

Punk’s debut became one of the most talked-about moments in recent memory and elevated AEW to the next level. This certainly pleased Mick Foley among other people.

Punk himself absolutely loved his AEW debut and it was said that AEW had no idea what Punk was going to say in his promo during his debut on AEW Rampage. For CM Punk, the working environment in AEW is far different compared to AEW from the looks of it.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, CM Punk talked about the main difference between working with WWE and AEW. It ultimately came down to a much lighter working schedule that benefits him in the long run.


“I think the biggest ones are probably, because of the pandemic, there’s no more house shows. The travel is a lot less, it’s a lot lighter. Even if I’m going to be on every single AEW show, and if they’re taping Rampage, I’ll be at TV, what, once a week? Do a live Dynamite, tape a Rampage. That’s a far cry from getting on a plane Friday morning, get to a destination, rent a car, drive to a building, wrestle, get to a car, drive to a hotel in the next town. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, ‘oh we need you to at TV Tuesday.’ Do Tuesday, maybe fly home if you’re lucky on Wednesday. And then you have Thursday to sleep and rest, or try to have a family or connect with friends.

That to me, from an outsiders perspective, is the biggest difference. There’s a lot of differences between AEW and where I used to work. But just for an overall analysis of the business, that’s the biggest one. Predominantly, these companies are making money based on their television deals.”

CM Punk is set to make his in-ring debut in AEW as he will be facing off against Darby Allin at AEW All Out on September 5th. We will have to wait and see how CM Punk will fare in the match.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.

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