CM Punk’s debut in AEW created considerable buzz and anticipation, marking a significant moment in the wrestling world. His return to professional wrestling after a long hiatus added excitement and intrigue to AEW’s roster. However, Punk’s tenure in the promotion faced challenges, and his candid comments during an interview on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani revealed his frustrations with AEW’s management, specifically President Tony Khan.

In the interview, Punk didn’t mince words when assessing Khan’s leadership, suggesting that Khan’s amiable nature may be detriment to the company’s success. Punk’s blunt assessment, labeling Khan as “not a boss,” stirred controversy within the wrestling community and raised questions about the internal dynamics of AEW.

“He’s not a boss. He’s a nice guy. And I think ultimately that is a detriment to the company. But it’s not my company. I’m an outsider.”

Immediately after the interview, Adam Copeland would cut passionate promo about loving professional wrestling on last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite, as he seemingly responded to CM Punk’s remarks.


Adam Copeland spoke with Mo Amir on CHEK VANCOLOUR about CM Punk’s interview on the MMA Hour. Copeland mentioned that he had not seen the full interview, only clips, and he expressed that he has better things to do with his time, such as spending time with his children.

Copeland also emphasized the importance of fostering a supportive locker room culture in AEW. He highlighted the need to focus on the positives and support young talent in the locker room, as opposed to perpetuating a cutthroat atmosphere. Copeland drew inspiration from the approach of Bret Hart, advocating for a collaborative and encouraging environment.

“I didn’t, no. I just saw clips. I have better things to do. I really do. I have kids. I don’t really care what anybody really has to say. However, what I will say is, from the small clips, I realized that our locker room needed a good message. So, last week, I went out and spoke to that. It’s a young locker room, and it’s a young locker room that, for me, because it’s a different time, we try to support each other. I came in to locker rooms where it was everybody for themselves and it was a bunch of great whites. I never subscribed to that. I always subscribed to the Bret Hart school of, ‘You can help.’ You can help young people and try and be positive and show that you don’t have to be a dick. I don’t know how else to put it. For me, I try to focus on the positives. There are so many negatives in the world today. They are both there to find. Why not look for the positives? For me, our young locker room needed to hear the positives. That’s why I went out and did what I did last week. I don’t need to search out the other stuff. I have better things to do, I have kids to put to bed. I have the Maple Leafs to watch.”

Adam Copeland’s message embodies the core values that make professional wrestling a beloved sport for many: the passion, drama, and indomitable spirit that shape the industry. As he forges ahead in AEW, Copeland’s emphasis on fostering a supportive and collaborative locker room reflects his commitment to nurturing young talent and contributing to a positive atmosphere.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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