Samoa Joe is a legitimate tough guy and he knows CM Punk very well. They competed at AEW All In just after Punk had a backstage brawl with Jack Perry. Now, Samoa Joe set the record straight on the matter.

During AEW All In Zero Hour, Jack Perry made reference to his controversy with CM Punk when it came to using real glass. This eventually led to CM Punk and Perry having a backstage scuffle right before Punk’s match at All In London.

CM Punk and Jack Perry were suspended after the backstage clash. Punk was later fired from AEW, leading to relief for many. Several months on, the brawl continues to be a topic of discussion.

While speaking to Marc Raimondi of ESPN, Samoa Joe downplayed the backstage incident, emphasizing that it wasn’t a significant issue. He mentioned that they got it broken up, and went out to wrestle, and it wasn’t as dramatic as people might think.


“There was a little bit of an incident. We got it broken up. We went out there and wrestled, man. That’s the gist of it. Everybody wants it to be a lot more than what it is, but that’s what it was. And to speak any more on it would be pointless unless you’re trying to get a scorecard and stuff — but trust me, it wasn’t that type of a fight.”

Joe expressed his focus on the upcoming show and the fans, stating that he had seen such situations before, and his priority was delivering a great performance for the audience.

“Not to me. I’ve seen fights break out. Stuff happens. But again, that’s me. I’ve been in these situations, I’ve seen that. I’ll find it funny when people are like, ‘Oh, Joe’s cool with it.’ I mean, nah man, it was a high-stress situation. Sure. But I mean, it’s one I’ve seen happen many times. We get it squashed out. We had a show to do. We had [81,035] fans waiting out there. And that was my focus, because that’s what it was about at that moment. We’re about to go out and have the best night of our lives.”

Since the notorious brawl at AEW All In, CM Punk returned to WWE and has become a major star. In contrast, Jack Perry made his NJPW debut at Battle in The Valley, tearing up his AEW contract. It remains to be seen how both stars will be booked in the upcoming weeks.

What’s your view on what Samoa Joe had to say? Do you believe the incident has been overblown? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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