CM Punk made his debut in WWE back in 2006 as part of the ECW brand and already impressed many fans with his in-ring skills. He also had a memorable debut at Survivor Series.
During Survivor Series 2006, CM Punk was part of Team DX vs Team Rated RKO’s match and many fans gave a huge pop when Punk made his way to the ring.
While speaking to Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, CM Punk talked about the incredible crowd reaction he got at Survivor Series 2006, where he revealed that those backstage in WWE were mad about the reaction he got.
This is because CM Punk was more over than D-Generation X and the other WWE Superstars who were also competing in the match.
“That kind of backfired on me at that point in Philly because that wasn’t the case. That’s not what happened. People were mad because ‘We don’t understand. Why’s this kid over?’ Then they’ll use the crutch of ‘Oh, it’s just internet fans.’ Yeah, OK, 18,000 people packed the place and they’re all just internet fans but whatever. It means something to me now because it was validation. Like ‘Yeah. My hard work is paying off. Yeah. People are seeing me and the things that I’m doing and people like me. Let’s go.’ Now I’m in a spot where if that happens, it’s embraced. It’s not picked apart and told why 18,000 screaming people are wrong.
Not only did it mean something to me then, it means something to me now. That’s just validation that you’re good at what you do. A lot of times in this business, it won’t make sense to the people in charge what catches fire. But if the people in charge are smart and have a brain in their head, they’ll recognize it and just go ‘Alright, this is what the fans want, we’re just going to give it to them.’”
CM Punk had a memorable career in WWE but is now part of AEW as his love for professional wrestling has been reignited there. It remains to be seen what is next in store for CM Punk in AEW.
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