Paul Wight Names CM Punk's AEW Debut Promo In His Top Three Ever
Punk returned to wrestling with AEW in August
Paul Wight says the promo CM Punk cut on his debut in All Elite Wrestling is 'probably' in the top three promos he has ever heard.
Punk ended a seven-year self-imposed exile from wrestling to sign for AEW earlier this year, making his debut in August in his hometown of Chicago.
Wight has been around the wrestling business for over 25 years and has seen some of the biggest moments ever in the industry, but believes Punk's return is right up there.
Speaking on the Brandon Kravitz Podcast, Wight said about Punk's return promo: "Definitely top five, probably top three in my lifetime. I mean, you think of Stone Cold Steve Austin with the breaking glass and the Austin 3:16 promo, wow, that was the start of something huge. When Hulk Hogan turned heel and joined the nWo and the trash was thrown in the ring, wow, that was a huge moment.
"CM Punk coming back was so unreal because people had waited so long and there were so many teases. Any time any wrestling organization went to Chicago, is this the time we are going to see CM Punk? Then you see CM Punk come back, who is still in great shape and is still excellent at what he does. I love CM Punk’s matches because he starts slower and builds toward the end. By the end, you’re going nuts because he pulls you right in with his work and his ability to tell that story in the ring, and he’s great on the microphone.
"His timing on the promo when he came back in Chicago– if you are a younger talent and are looking at cadence, and meaning, and telling a story, and how to cut a promo, that promo is one of the best promos that I have ever heard for storytelling. CM Punk told a story, he didn’t knock anybody or bury anything. He spoke from his heart about how things affected him and he took you on that journey and made you understand why he was gone so long, but then he made you understand what brought him back.
"That’s what you want to do in a promo, you want to have a beginning, middle, and end, and tell a story, and Punk is a great storyteller on the microphone and in the ring. To have him back, it was a great shot in the arm."
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