A new report from Pwinsider has shared some backstage details from CM Punk’s debut in AEW on Friday night at AEW Rampage: The First Dance.
The report states that backstage there was a great deal of excitement at Rampage during Punk’s debut. This excitement reportedly increased even further when Punk listed people he would like to face in the company during the post-show media call. These names included Will Hobbs, Darby Allin, Ricky Starks, Jungle Boy, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and a few others.
Punk himself noted on the post-Rampage media call that he didn’t hide his debut in the company. He said,
“I didn’t have them construct some fugazi pipe-and-drape, and have them drive me into the United Centre and hide me from everybody. No, I walked in here like a human being, and I was like ‘hey everybody.’ And, I was meeting people walking through the hallway, because I just think that these people… again, nobody is back here standing on their own d*ck. Everybody is getting out of their own way, letting stuff happen, and just having fun. Behind the camera, and on the camera, people are just having fun, and they want to be a part of it. That’s it. Nobody is trying to tweet and spoil stuff, let’s just all have fun.”
Former WWE wrestler Cliff Compton fka as Domino was backstage at the show, as well as former ECW wrestler Lou D’Angeli to support CM Punk in his return to wrestling.
Also, Punk’s new AEW t-shirt has proven to be a hot commodity. Both Pro Wrestling Tee’s site, as well as the page for Punk’s shirt on AEW’s online shop are still down at the time of this writing. Whereas at the arena there were huge lines for Punk’s t-shirt before the main event for the show had even started.
Finally, it was noted that there was a strict “no talent backstage” rule, unless they were working the show or had been pre-approved.