Wanting a Steve Austin vs CM Punk match before Austin stepped down: “I wouldn’t have hated Hogan and Austin. Steve, I never thought he had chemistry with Hogan on a level that would have appeased them both. But personally my choice would have been CM Punk because I know the story would have been told very well verbally and the game would have been a lot of fun to call. They both had an attitude, they both believed in the sanctity of pro wrestling and what it could and should mean. So without a doubt for me I have no hesitation – Austin and Punk would have been my match.
On CM Punk potentially signing with AEW: “I hope we sign him and I hope he will be one of our guys. CM Punk is a treasure and he’s contributed a lot to a lot of guys, and he’s ready to share his knowledge and expertise with other talent. He has placed it forward and has no problem doing so. This is my opinion on him. Anyone who signs up to CM Punk for limited commitments or in our company, we only work one day a week. It becomes elementary. Why do people want to come to AEW? Because they can have a life. They can create on their own. They can create their own scenarios and their own promotional material. It’s a way of expressing yourself creatively. If we can sign CM Punk in our roster, that’s a great move. Hope we will at some point as soon as possible. He’s just a huge player in the big picture. Am I worried that the dismissal will affect his work? We know this will affect his job to some extent because he is eight years older. He’s in his 40s, but that doesn’t seem to matter in today’s wrestling world, especially when you have a schedule like ours.
“I’m not worried that if he signs off how effective he will be. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be effective as hell and that it can help us in so many other ways. It’s just amazing what he can do to help us. A lot of people are going to be counting on him for advice and coaching and things of that nature if he comes, and he’s the kind of guy who’s willing to take his time to help a talented youngster improve his guy. We have a lot of impressionable young talent in AEW who I think if they’re willing to let go of their egos and ask questions of Tully Blanchard or Arn Anderson or Jake Roberts or Dean Malenko or Jerry Lynn – that’s a pretty good deal. good start for brain power… ..if CM Punk signs up with us, it will be used and appreciated in many areas. I don’t think anyone cares about their game in the ring.
(h / t – 411 Struggle)