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CM Punk – “AEW Signings Bigger Than The Outsiders Invading WCW”

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CM Punk says the arrivals of Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole in AEW is bigger than Scott Hall and Kevin Nash invading WCW in 1996.

On May 27th Scott Hall arrived unannounced on WCW Nitro before being joined by Kevin Nash on June 10th. They both appeared after jumping from WWE describing themselves as ‘The Outsiders.’ The pair would later be joined by Hulk Hogan at Bash At The Beach and the nWo was born.

With the arrivals of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, formerly Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole in AEW, many have compared the signings to those of Hall, Nash, Hogan and Randy Savage by WCW in the early to mid-1990’s.

Speaking on the post-All Out media scrum, Punk was ask about the comparisons. The former WWE Superstar said that while the current situation was much different to 20 years ago, it’s actually bigger.

“Gosh, obviously, I think it’s going to be very impactful. I’m not personally in the business of war. I know who competition is and who competition isn’t. To me, we focus on ourselves. We focus on the talent we have and we focus on the people in the building. I think that’s how we grow. It’s not about throwing stones. I know TNT loves ratings. I know everybody’s gonna look at stuff and compare the two. For a company that’s only been around for two years. I think they’re doing great and if you’re competing with somebody on another night, that’s got a 30-year head-start. Well, that’s fine. But to me, our competition is our audience, and as long as we keep them engaged, and keep them happy, and I think that to bring it back around, that’s what we’re doing. So I’m not Hogan, I’m not Savage, you know, Daniel, Bryan and Adam Cole, they’re not The Outsiders. I see the parallels, but this is totally different and I’ll go ahead and say it and people can quote me and they’ll be pissed off about it. To me, this is bigger.”

The arrivals of Punk, Danielson and Cole following the earlier additions of Christian Cage, Malakai Black and Andrade El Idolo in 2021, all of who previously appeared with WWE.

At All Out, CM Punk wrestled his first competitive match in more than seven years after making the challenge to Darby Allin within minutes of making his AEW debut on Rampage.

At the pay-per-view Punk rolled back the years turning in an eye-catching performance eventually overcoming Allin with a GTS.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.