In a recent interview All Elite Wrestling Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes had with ComicBook.com, he discussed the possibility of CM Punk working with the startup promotion somewhere down the line.
Ever since All Elite Wrestling was created, CM Punk has always been in the discussion of someone who will work with the promotion and even be the top star of the company. Even All Elite Wrestling President Tony Khan himself said that CM Punk was his first choice when he decided to build a pro wrestling company. The speculation and rumors even went to a whole different level of crazy when it was announced that AEW’s next PPV Event known as All Out will be taking place near CM Punk’s hometown of Chicago.
According to Cody Rhodes, if CM Punk wanted to be a part of AEW, they would do anything in their power to make him a part of it, but if he was to spend all his time in recruiting CM Punk, he would be doing a disservice to stars who are already in the company, which is why he will just focus himself on building those stars.
This is what Cody Rhodes had to say: “Last year something with All In that we noticed is that at the actual show there wasn’t a single CM Punk chant.” “I thought, ‘Great, OK. It’s not that they don’t like Punk, but they know that we’re here and we’re putting on this show.’ This year I don’t expect anything different. I’ve been very honest about that door remains opened. The fans have never given up on CM Punk and if he wanted to be part of AEW we would do everything in our power to make him part of it.”
“But I have 25 to 35 brand new stars. Guys like Jungle Boy. Guys like MJF. Ladies like Kylie Rae, Britt Baker. If I was to spend all my time in trying to recruit just one CM Punk, I would be doing a disservice to them. I felt, in the past, with my own career that a disservice that has happened to me on occasion about putting someone ahead of me. You always hear the discussion of part-time, this and that. I don’t want to go too far there, but I want to make AEW about performers we have.”
Cody Rhodes also talked about his relationship with CM Punk and that the door will always be open for him anytime he pleases to join AEW, but his main focus right now is The AEW World Heavyweight Title Match at All Out between Chris Jericho & “Hangman” Adam Page to crown The First-Ever AEW World Heavyweight Champion.
This is what Cody Rhodes had to say: “That door will forever remain open to CM Punk,” Rhodes said. “He was very good to me in OVW. He was a great person to learn from in the ring. I had a good relationship with him. That door will remain open, but for All Out, the main focus for me is Hangman Page and Chris Jericho to determine the very first AEW World Champion.”