Bobby Fish has ripped into CM Punk over a whole series of issues including his conduct after their match and for stealing KENTA’s finishing move.
CM Punk might be out injured until well into 2023, but he has left a scene of complete and utter chaos behind him in AEW.
Following All Out, Punk went on the attack in the post-show media scrum where he took aim at the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Hangman Adam Page and Colt Cabana. His comments sparked a brawl backstage which has resulted in a lengthy list of suspensions, while an investigation into the incident is also under way.
In the wake of the altercation, now former AEW star Bobby Fish extended an “invitation” to Punk for a fight.
Speaking in a new interview with Steve Fall of NBC Sports Boston, Fish made clear that his comments were an invitation and not a challenge, before getting into his feelings on the star. Fish began by dismissing Punk’s martial arts skills.
“There is no challenge, Phil is not a bad pro wrestler, but what Phil is not, is a martial artist. I’ve been doing martial arts since I was eight years old, so I take a lot of pride in it. It’s something that I’ll do until the day I die. There are other people within pro wrestling, Bryan Danielson, Kyle O’Reilly, people that train, and they put that into their pro wrestling.
You do that because pro wrestling is made up in a way that we get to bring a little piece of ourselves and add to it what we do because so many variables are controlled. You can paint with whatever colour you want. Choose a colour that you have in your toolbox. If you don’t have blue, you’re not painting with blue. CM Punk is not a martial artist. He went on pay-per-view and showed the world that he’s not a martial artist. He is a pro wrestler. Go out, tackle, drop down, leapfrog, give it again. All good. In that lane, he has talent.
When it comes to martial arts, you’re insulting the audience’s intelligence because we’re supposed to be creating an atmosphere where you suspend your disbelief. It’s insulting for you, as one of my co-workers or peers, as a martial artist, you’re asking me to go out and sell and put over your bunk-ass martial arts. It’s insulting to the audience, it’s an insult to me.”
Fish then turned his attention to the match that he had with Punk on the October 27th episode of AEW Dynamite. The former Undisputed Era star said there was “a little whatever” after the match before branding his rival a “c*nt.” He continued the shot taking by describing Punk’s behaviour as “c*nty” and hitting out at him for using KENTA’s GTS finishing move and not changing the name.
“I’m working for AEW, they’re paying my check, you ask me to put my shoulders down for Phil Brooks, I go out and do it. Interestingly enough, there was a little whatever in the match we had, and Phil was…after the match, Phil was a c*nt.
Frankly, as a martial artist, I went out and laid my shoulders down for you, you should be grateful that I did because on national TV, if I decided that I wanted to fucking Haku your ass, I could have because you’re that little of a threat in my world. I’m not Jon Jones or Anderson Silva, but I’ve been doing martial arts long enough to where I can hold you like a wet nap Phil Brooks. For you to be c*nty after, for a mistake you made, it doesn’t wear well.
Not to mention, the move he finished me with, it’s not his, it’s KENTA’s. Phil, you took a man’s finishing move. Anyone who knows pro wrestling knows that’s fucked up. You weren’t even decent enough to change the name,”
Bobby Fish is currently a free agent after his AEW contract expired.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.