Former AEW star Bobby Fish has defended himself over claims that he deliberately kicked out of CM Punk’s finishing move despite plans for him to lose.
CM Punk is mired in controversy after his explosive comments following All Out led to a backstage fight and several suspensions being dished out by AEW. Punk has also been stripped of the AEW World Championship – although that was likely to happen regardless as the star has also suffered an injury that could see him miss the rest of 2022.
One person who has been outspoken about CM Punk since all this took place is former NXT Tag Team Champion and AEW star Bobby Fish. Fish recently left AEW when his contract expired and he has not been backwards in coming forwards with his thoughts on Punk.
Fish accused Punk of being “a c*nt” following a match between the two on Dynamite on October 27th, 2021. He then said Punk “should be grateful” he laid down his shoulders for him on TV. Footage then did the rounds on social media of Bobby Fish kicking out as the referee counted three following Punk hitting him with his Go 2 Sleep – something of a no-no in the wrestling world.
Speaking to Joey G of Wrestling Headlines, Bobby Fish has sought to explain his side of that story:
“The match that I had with Punk, where things go wonky at the end of that match with the kick out on the GTS, which isn’t even his move. That’s me giving into my desire to be a little bit petty in that regard. It’s KENTA’s move and you didn’t even have the decency to change the name.”
“Regardless, the confusion at the end of our match was the fact that he did what’s called ‘the office’ or an ‘iggy.’ This is some inside baseball stuff here. He did that before the three count was over. Having been in the business for a long time, I recognize what that is and have done it myself to somebody to say, in our way, ‘whatever, good match.’ He did it before the three count was over. That’s also a way to alert your opponent that, ‘Hey, let’s change something.'”
“In that moment, I can liken it to what Tony Khan might have been feeling when he’s going off on the EVPs. You don’t know what to do. In that moment, I know for myself, I had to make a split-second decision, couldn’t weigh out this or that. I had to kick out or not kick out and lose the moment forever. I kicked out. Being whatever it was.”