CM Punk is a prominent figure in the professional wrestling world, and his return to the industry in 2021 after a seven-year hiatus was highly anticipated. He made his debut in AEW and has remained a controversial figure in the industry. Despite his popularity and success, some fans and critics view him as divisive due to his outspoken opinions and past controversies. In fact, an ex-WWE Superstar who hated Punk believes he is good for business.
During the post-AEW All Out media scrum, CM Punk made some critical remarks about Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks, which resulted in a considerable backlash and damage to his reputation within the company.
The fallout from his comments has continued to be a topic of discussion. Since then, Punk has been absent from the wrestling scene due to a triceps injury that required surgery. He has been making progress towards recovery, and his suspension may have also contributed to his prolonged absence.
While speaking on 10 Count with Steve Fall, former WWE and TNA star Ken Anderson talked about the time he hated CM Punk during the indies. However, he eventually changed his opinion and now believes that Punk is good for business.
Starting from a match they had in IWA Mid South, Kennedy initially held a grudge against CM Punk during their time on the independent wrestling scene. After obtaining a copy of their match tape, Kennedy discovered that Punk and his commentary partners had criticized and discredited their match. However, when they met again at another event, Kennedy confronted Punk and received a genuine apology that eventually led to the two reconciling.
Their relationship further improved when they both moved to WWE’s main roster, with Paul Heyman playing a key role in bringing them closer. Despite not following Punk’s career in AEW closely, Kennedy believes that he is beneficial to the industry and hopes that any issues between him and others can eventually be resolved.
I hated CM Punk for a while when I was on the independents. I finally get a copy of the tape, we pop it in, and it was CM Punk, Dave Prazak, and Ace Steel on commentary, and they were burying us. He gave me the most sincere, heartfelt apology.
Paul really loved CM Punk, and I was Paul’s baby for that couple months. … And then Punk was the next guy that he focused on, and I didn’t like it. I remember Paul took me and Punk out for sushi one night, and we just sat down and talked. And I’ve loved him ever since. I think he’s good for the business.”
CM Punk and The Elite have not mended fences while he remains on the shelf after suffering a triceps injury. We will have to wait and see when Punk will return to the company.