Booker T Speaks About CM Punk’s Return to WWE – Booker T spoke about CM Punk’s return to WWE on the latest edition of his Hall of Fame podcast, where he predicted that the Second City Saint would be on his best behavior in WWE and wouldn’t cause any trouble like he did in AEW.
“I really don’t think the problems that we saw in AEW with CM Punk that we’re going to see them in WWE. The reason I say that is because CM Punk is a different person now. He’s not that same kid he was 10 years ago. He’s not. This is perhaps CM Punk’s last run. I’m sure he probably wants to go out on the right note, just for himself. Nobody wants to leave this business with their legacy out there all crap and mud. No one wants that. For CM Punk to have a chance to come back to WWE and right that ship, re-write the ending with WWE, I’m sure that’s the way one would want to go out in this business. I say that because so many guys say, ‘The Hall of Fame doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t mean anything to mean. I don’t give a damn about no Hall of Fame.’ So many people say that, until they get the phone call. Then they go, ‘I would love to do that.’ You have that one chance to thank the fans for that right and all those guys that helped you get there. All those mentors, all those teachers that helped you get there along the way. You don’t get a chance to do that in front of, for me, Madison Square Garden. That’s something I think every wrestler, at the end of the day, would love to have that moment. CM Punk has a chance to do that.”
Booker also recapped Punk’s return promo from last Monday’s Raw and why he thought it was filled with genuine raw emotion.
“I said [his return promo in AEW] wasn’t the best promo I ever saw, it could have had more substance to it, and a lot of people gave me backlash because I said that, because I didn’t say ‘it was the greatest promo in the world,” Booker began. “It was a pipe-bomb!’ In this promo on Monday night, it was a heartfelt promo, that’s what I think. At points in time, CM Punk got caught in the moment a little bit, he almost got choked up a little bit. I know this, when you leave a company and come back, you wonder how the fans are going to treat you. You wonder if they’re going to boo you out of the building. You just don’t know. For CM Punk, the way he left, very polarizing, and then to come back.”
He continued, “Even in Chicago, he might have had that feeling wondering, ‘How is it going to be?’ For CM Punk to come out, not having that comfort zone (on Monday) of being in Chicago, wondering, ‘How are they going to react?’ Then, they give him the ultimate pop. That does something to you. This promo that he cut, it felt like a heartfelt promo. Seemed like he was speaking from the heart. It seemed like he had some notes written, but sometimes you forget the script and just go with the heart. For me, it wasn’t the greatest ‘promo promo’ as far as ‘I’m going to whoop everyone’s ass in the locker room’ promo, which is what I’m looking for a lot of times. It was not that.”
Booker T Speaks About CM Punk’s Return to WWE