While CM Punk is officially signed to All Elite Wrestling solely as an in-ring talent, it’s not stopping Punk from acting as an unofficial coach for the roster.
CM Punk is unquestionably one of the most gifted names on the AEW roster, with over two decades of experience to boot. ‘The Voice of the Voiceless’ is, therefore, more than happy to pass on his knowledge to his peers, effectively serving as a backstage coach.
Punk has deemed it a “full-time job” working for All Elite Wrestling, with his show days typically spent walking around backstage where anyone can pick his brain. He divulged this to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi ahead of the fourth-annual Double or Nothing pay-per-view (h/t ESPN):
“There’s people that I shared locker rooms with that I wish I could have just talked to like a normal person and picked their brain. But everybody is like so guarded. I literally just want to show them I’m an open book. I’m here. I’m walking around all day [backstage]. Whatever you need, I’m literally here for you. It’s a full-time job, baby. Literally. But I love it.”
CM Punk officially signed with All Elite Wrestling less than an hour before he made his televised return to professional wrestling. He wrestled Darby Allin in his in-ring return just two weeks later, with Punk defeating the former TNT Champion in his first outing since January 2014.
Tony Khan also commented on CM Punk’s role within AEW while chatting with Marc, going so far as to call ‘The Best in the World’ a mentor for a lot of the promotion’s younger grapplers:
“CM Punk is somebody who continuously, I think, surprises me, amazes me. He helped grow our business when he arrived here. I think that, in particular, [he] helped put a spotlight on a lot of the young wrestlers. He’s also been a really good mentor backstage in addition to just helping people’s wallets potentially by getting everybody in a better position in this company, by helping us get more fans, sell more pay-per-views, sell more merchandise. He’s been that guy.”
CM Punk has thus far wrestled nineteen matches since making his return to the squared circle after a seven-year absence. MJF, Dax Harwood, Eddie Kingston, and Penta Oscuro are among those who’ve had the honour of featuring in Punk’s pro wrestling comeback.
‘Hangman’ Adam Page is next to join that illustrious group. CM Punk will challenge him for the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing on Sunday, 29 May.