AEW action is non-stop and sometimes wrestlers are criticized for not selling moves like they should. The action doesn’t stop in the ring, but sometimes stopping to acknowledge the pain from a move adds a lot to a match.
CM Punk joined AEW with the intention of helping the company grow. This includes being an example for younger talent in the back. While speaking to AEW Unrestricted, CM Punk admitted that he wants to show different sides of himself, but he was a babyface against Will Hobbs. That being said, he also hoped that all of that selling he did against Hobbs might convince others in the back to know that it’s cool to act like you’re hurt to build drama in a match.
“I think I need to show different looks. I didn’t dream in my wildest imagination that I could be this big of a babyface. It’s pretty crazy and I think we need to ride the wave. I never liked baby-baby matches and always felt that somebody needs to be the heel. I don’t have any of that with Will Hobbs. I have a guy that is going to knock my dick in the dirt and I’m going to get to sell. I just hope there are some kids in the back watching and going, ‘Oh wow, it’s cool to sell.’ I think of Ricky Steamboat, one of the best sellers of all time and it’s an art. Really trying to make some simplistic stuff and get the most out of very little. I’ve been impressed with Will Hobbs, the way he moves, and anyone can see that he has potential.”
The AEW roster can learn a lot by having someone like CM Punk around. We’ll have to see if that influence might help others along the way. There could certainly be a lot more selling in AEW, and that could also alleviate some of the constant wear and tear on talent due to never having a pause button during their matches.
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