The reported impending arrival of CM Punk in AEW could well be one of the most anticipated debuts of all-time.
Ever since it was revealed that Punk was discussing a potential return, the wrestling world has been a hive of excitement. The anticipation reached a crescendo when AEW announced that a special edition of Rampage called the ‘First Dance’ would be coming live from Punk’s home town of Chicago on August 20th.
While there has been no confirmation of a deal from either side, neither have there been any denials. Most recent reports suggest that TNT are working on the assumption that Punk is indeed All Elite.
Appearing on the latest episode of Pro Wrestling 4 Life with Sean Waltman, Konnan has given his thoughts on the situation. The former WCW star said that this might be the “most anticipated arrival ever” commenting that the arena will “f**king melt” if Punk appears.
“I actually asked him (Tony Khan) at a show, and he goes, ‘You know I can’t tell you that’ That meant to me he was coming, and they didn’t put on two extra shows in Chicago just because,” Konnan pointed out. “I just think the place is gonna f**king melt, bro. That’s the most anticipated arrival ever.”
While Punk’s arrival may be imminent, it has also been suggested that Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) could also be on his way to AEW. Pondering the rumoured joint acquisitions, Konnan said that if Bryan also signs, “sh*ts gonna get real.”
“He’s a hometown boy, rebellious. The guy WWE didn’t want. Because AEW, to me, is a fan base that was made because WWE didn’t give them what they wanted, and this is their hero, and if Bryan Danielson shows up, sh*ts really gonna get real. I’m serious, bro. Those are two big huge acquisitions, gamechangers. It’s letting them (WWE) know, sh*t’s on, bro. We’re here to compete. You think we’re number two? Sh*t’s on, let’s go.”
Konnan also gave his thoughts on recent comments from Vince McMahon, where he said that he doesn’t see AEW as competition. The former United States Champion said that NXT was initially placed on Wednesday nights up against Dynamite to “c*ck block” AEW. Konnan suggested that the signings of CM Punk and Bryan Danielson would be almost an act of defiance from AEW.
“NXT was definitely put on to cock block AEW. That was not a coincidence,” Konnan stated. “It didn’t happen, now he’s coming after them. It’s just competition between the two big powerhouses in wrestling. I think they’re telling them, ‘Hey, we’re not playing around anymore. We’re getting two major acquisitions that you let go. That’s a huge loss, bro.”
NXT has since left Wednesday nights and now airs live on Tuesdays. However, recent reports suggest that huge changes are coming to the black and gold brand.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.