AEW star CM Punk has not held back on his thoughts on WWE Hall Of Famer Hulk Hogan as he discusses his views on the biggest wrestling star of all time.
CM Punk shocked the wrestling world when he made his All Elite Wrestling debut on AEW Rampage – The First Dance on August 20th. His entrance in his hometown of Chicago earned him a monstrous reception as wrestling welcomed back the former WWE Champion for the first time in seven years.
Speaking on Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker, CM Punk discussed his reception and if he sees himself as the biggest wrestling star on the planet today, and what that even means to him:
“It’s like the kids say, there is levels to this, and you don’t know until you ascend to those levels. One of the things I’ve always hated about the wrestling business is it seems that people – there are exceptions to the rule, some people are good about it – there have always been people who have gotten to a certain level and they are almost taught, and the culture is fostered for them to believe that they need to make sure nobody else gets to that level. They don’t want anyone to ‘steal their spot.'”
Punk then discusses two of the biggest names of all time in wrestling – Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin – and why Punk prefers to consider Austin as the top star of all time:
“Throwing my name in the hat with someone like Steve Austin, who arguably is the biggest star the business has ever seen. A lot of this is subjective. You can make the argument that Hulk Hogan is a bigger star than Steve Austin. Then you look at business periods and eras and box office receipts and all that other stuff. I think Hogan is a piece of sh*t, so obviously I’m like ‘Steve Austin, yeah.’ What it feels like, I don’t have the words to describe. I know what I feel like is, I want to help everyone on the AEW roster f*cking get there.”
CM Punk will be a part of AEW Grand Slam Rampage on Friday night as his problems with Team Taz get taken to the ring as he faces Powerhouse Hobbs.