Tony Khan On CM Punk Getting Booed At AEW Full Gear: It Was Like The Rock At WWE WrestleMania 18

A large amount of the Full Gear audience were firmly behind Eddie Kingston

Despite having a somewhat legitimate grievance against Eddie Kingston at the start of their feud, a large vocal section of AEW fans stood behind Kingston as the two went into Full Gear, with Punk eliciting loud boos for the first time since becoming ‘All Elite’.

Punk played up the fans hostile reactions during his match against Kingston, but reverted back to his face ways by extending his hand to Eddie after the bell, only to be snubbed by ‘The Mad King’.

When asked about the reception Punk got at Full Gear during the post-PPV media scrum, AEW President Tony Khan compared it to the negative reaction The Rock got during his legendary match against Hollywood Hogan at WWE WrestleMania X8:

“I remember being the only person out of 70,000 cheering for The Rock in Toronto,” Khan said. “My friend looked over me like, ‘what are you doing?’ And I was like, ‘somebody has to.’ And that’s how I felt about Punk getting booed tonight [vs. Kingston]. There were way, way, way more Punk people tonight than there were Rock people in Toronto, though. I can attest as I was there for both shows.”

After Mania X8 The Rock reverted to his babyface role, with Hogan joining him. It’ll be interesting if Punk does the same, or if this is a turning point for the ‘Second City Saint’.

H/T: Wrestling Inc.

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