CM Punk addressed the recent reports stemming from his comments on Dynamite last week where he issued a challenge to Hangman Page.
On Dynamite last Wednesday, Punk started off the show with a promo and called out Hangman Page to challenge him for the title, which went unanswered. Punk said it wasn’t “cowboy shit” but “coward shit” and then moved to focus on Jon Moxley.
Later that night, Dave Meltzer conveyed on Wrestling Observer Radio that the verbiage regarding Hangman Page was not planned in advance and wrote the following in last week’s issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
This was definitely not an angle, although like everything, it could be turned into one down the line. The back story on all this was Punk was mad at Page about an interview before the Double or Nothing PPV where Page talked about saving AEW from Punk and since Punk was gone for so long he hadn’t addressed it and this was his receipt.
Punk was interviewed by Justin Barrasso at SI.com to promote tonight’s match with Moxley and addressed the handling of Page in his promo last week:
That’s what I’m here to do, make people want to see what happens next. I’m trying to sell tickets to the live events. That goes back to me saying Twitter isn’t [the] real world. Twitter is a bunch of people that don’t really care about your opinion. They want to find like-minded opinions that share their worldview. I’m trying to tell stories, sell tickets, and get people to tune in on Dynamite.
Later in the interview, he added:
I don’t write stuff [down ahead of time], I just talk. That’s one of the biggest things that’s missing from pro wrestling. It’s letting people go out there and talk if they know what they’re doing. It can be magic.
The full interview can be read on the SI.com site with Punk addressing his first year in AEW and recovering from his injury.