CM Punk was fired from AEW back in September after Punk had a backstage fight with Jack Perry at AEW All In. This eventually led to Tony Khan firing CM Punk from AEW, but Punk came back to WWE at Survivor Series last month. Now Booker T has now clarified about having any ‘beef’ with CM Punk.

CM Punk and The Elite had a lot of issues right from their backstage brawl at AEW All Out last year, which essentially sowed the seeds of Punk’s eventual departure. Many felt it all started with Adam Page’s promo on him before Double or Nothing 2022, but that is all in the past now.

More than two months after his firing, the Second City Saint made his triumphant return to WWE following the WarGames match at the Survivor Series Premium Live Event – something that didn’t fail to electrify the WWE Universe in a major way. Punk has been regular on WWE television since then.

While speaking on the Hall of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore, Booker T was asked if there was a noticeable difference with Punk from his time in AEW back in September. Booker T stated that Punk exhibited the same traits as the “regular CM Punk” that he had always known. Booker clarified that he had never had any beef with Punk.


”I’ve never had a beef with CM Punk. Not once, I’ve never had a beef with CM Punk. I never got to the point where I said something negative to the point to where I was like ‘I want to fight CM Punk’ or some stupid stuff like that.”

According to Booker T, the nature of the wrestling business involves a blend of friendship and professionalism. Despite Punk’s claim that he is not there to make friends but to make money, Booker T emphasized the importance of establishing relationships within the wrestling community.

Booker T added that building friendships within the industry is crucial, as trust and care for fellow wrestlers are essential components of successful work in the ring. When it came to Punk’s run in AEW, Booker T felt that there was a genuine lack of friendship and caring between the talent that ultimately made it a bad place for Punk.

This is about business. When he said I’m not here to make friends, he’s here to make business. But in this kind of business, you gotta have friends in order to do business. Because you’re working with a lot of guys that you have to trust in the middle of that ring. You gotta care about the guys that you’re working with, it’s just that simple…I’m not saying that to CM Punk at all because he knows that. There’s a reason why things didn’t work out in AEW because a lot of those guys probably didnt care about each other.”

CM Punk also got people talking thanks to his promo battle with Seth Rollins on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW. Only time will tell whether The Second City will finally get to main event WrestleMania – something that has eluded him for so long.

What do you think of what Booker T had to say about CM Punk’s condition in AEW? Do you feel his getting fired from AEW was the right call? Let us know in the comments!

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