CM Punk: AEW Likes Making Fans Happy Rather Than P****** Them Off For No Reason
“Sometimes, the happiest outcome, yes, is the most obvious one.”
CM Punk seems refreshed in AEW, and his enthusiasm for the promotion and the business shines through when he speaks, and one thing Punk loves is AEW’s knack for fully rounded storylines.
Speaking on a panel at the C2E2 convention in Chicago, Punk first spoke of his feud with MJF, then segued into praising AEW for producing satisfying payoffs to angles:
"Before I even came back, I always heard about, 'I want to see MJF and CM Punk go back and forth,' and a lot of people think I am off to a slow start in AEW, you know, I'm doing certain things a certain way,” started Punk. “But to me, just like Adam Cole said, there is five years worth of stuff with all these interchangeable characters and players.
"MJF is definitely somebody I wanted to share a ring with. Yeah, and I think now that we're getting to it, I think people kind of can maybe see the bigger picture, and they can trust AEW as a whole for the direction of where stuff goes. The fans. I understand they want to know the behind-the-scenes stuff, they want to peel back the curtain and everybody's an armchair booker. I am. Everybody's an armchair, you know, coach or quarterback or whatever. That's human nature... it's no different than, I think, pro wrestling fans and stuff like that.
"But to me, one of the best things about AEW is we enjoy payoffs. We like making the fans happy instead of just for some reason, making them miserable and doing stuff just to p*** them off. Sometimes, the happiest outcome, yes, is the most obvious one, we don't really feel the need to beat anybody over the head with switching it just because they figured it out first.
"I enjoy making the fans happy. I think that's one of the biggest - that's juice for being a pro wrestler is getting reactions out of the crowd. You know, and when it comes to me and MJF, without me trying to say anything too positive about him, you ain't seen nothing yet."