Eddie Kingston has discussed what it means to All Elite Wrestling as a whole to have CM Punk in the company and says Punk’s name is enough to bring fans to the company.
CM Punk was revealed in AEW in one of the most hotly anticipated shows in years when AEW Rampage emanated from the United Center in Chicago. In front of a hometown crowd, CM Punk made his wrestling return, over seven and a half years after walking out on WWE.
Now fellow AEW star Eddie Kingston has explained to Inside The Ropes‘ own Kenny McIntosh what bringing Punk into AEW means for the company as a whole. But Kingston began by explaining when he first heard that the former WWE Champion was set to become All Elite:
“I found out because you hear whispers. Certain people who have, let’s say, certain stroke or control move also into the whispers, and I went ‘oh it’s happening’ without them telling me it’s happening, oh it’s happening. I got super excited. I’d known Punk, ooh man, I first met Punk when I was 21 when he came to Chikara to do a special seminar, so I’d known him since then.”
“He’s one of the rare guys that has a name, that the name brings people in. Nowadays it’s AEW, that name, or WWE, that name, NWA that name. But when you put CM Punk, you’re coming for CM Punk. He’s become like an old-school name. I love it that he’s here. When I look in his eyes I see old Punk. I see someone who is hungry again, maybe not hungry again but hungrier, and happier and mentally I can just see in his eyes he is in a better place than he was when I saw him maybe while he was with WWE at the end. I ran into him and he just didn’t seem like himself. Now he seems better than himself, you know what I mean?”
For Eddie Kingston, the eyes that Punk will potentially bring to AEW will help Kingston continue living his own childhood dream:
“That’s good for the locker room because a lot of people can learn from him. That’s good for AEW because a lot of people are going to come in and tune in now because now they are going to see everybody and not just him. So everything together, Punk bringing in people, people coming in to see Punk, it’s good for the company. Also, it’s fun, why do something when it’s not fun? This is fun and I’m living a dream, this is something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid. So having him here and helping out with that dream, selfishly it’s amazing.”