CM Punk's recent scathing interview and backstage brawl might have drawn all the attention, but his 2014 WWE "pipe-bomb" promo is still one of his most legendary moments. However, a wrestling legend recently detailed the way the locker room reacted when Punk put the entire WWE on blast.
CM Punk is currently still suspended by AEW for his role in the post-All Out backstage brawl. Two weeks later, details are still hazy, and each side's version has divided fans like never before. Regardless of the truth behind the matter, the Second City Saint seems to be a controversial magnet.
During his recent interview with Nick Hausman of WrestlingInc., legendary former SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long spoke on the infamous pipe bomb promo.
“If that was scripted or written, then I know nothing about it. I never saw anybody give him any papers. Any scripts to read. There may be things that are done backstage but I pretty much think it was a shoot. It was real,” Long declared.
Long continued, recalling how the WWE locker room reacted to the entire fiasco.
“We never had anybody to go out on live TV and to just go off on a rant like that and just speak their mind. It was all something that we’d never experienced and we’d never heard. So we’re like, ‘Man, this is too much.'” (H/T: WrestlingInc)
CM Punk might just forever be remembered as the one man who spoke his mind within both WWE and AEW, regardless of the consequences that followed.
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AEW fans are slowly seeing what might unfortunately result in CM Punk permanently leaving the wrestling industry. Currently, details are still kept under wraps, but so far one person involved in the brawl has had his suspension ended.
"Well he was pissed off, because he didn't get the main event slot at WrestleMania. I don't think money had anything to do with it," Mantell said. "I think it was the prestige of headlining a WrestleMania card." (2:00 onward)
Nonetheless, fans will still have to wait and see what the outcome of the internal investigation will be.
Could we witness history repeat itself, or will The Greatest in the World reach a compromise with AEW?