Top AEW star praises the impact CM Punk has had on the company

AEW star Wardlow has lavished reward on the present AEW World Champion CM Punk for coming into the corporate and bringing new eyes to expertise that might have been undiscovered.

Wardlow specifically had been grinding on the impartial circuit for practically six years earlier than becoming a member of AEW as MJF’s private bodyguard in 2019. Since then, “Mr. Mayhem” has damaged freed from Friedman turning into one of many greatest (actually) rising stars within the trade.

Nonetheless, the quantity of eyes which can be on anyone like Wardlow has a big half to do with the arrival of Punk, who returned to wrestling after seven years on the “First Dance” version of AEW Rampage in August 2021.

Wrestling’s @Kevkellam captured this fan footage of #CMPunk‘s pro-wrestling return from final evening’s #AEW Rampage: The First Dance and it tells us how loud the pop for his entrance actually was!

Throughout a latest interview with Forbes, The Struggle Canine credited the arrival of Punk for serving to AEW develop up to now 12 months, and that the continued progress of the corporate is barely going to learn the All Elite Wrestling roster.

“I do know with CM Punk coming to our firm, that’s simply one million extra eyes on me additionally and on our firm and on our product, and it’s solely going to assist us to develop. And ultimately, as soon as we develop, the fellows which can be taking the backseat are going to begin getting extra alternatives. It takes some persistence, however it’s additionally for the betterment of the corporate.” (H/T Fightful).

Wardlow additionally took the time to credit score his humble beginnings on the impartial circuit, stating that it was good for him to construct himself up.

“I’m very proud to say that I’m actually an AEW authentic and an AEW homegrown [star]. I imply, no one knew of me exterior of the Pittsburgh/Ohio space, possibly a handful of individuals in Chicago the place I labored, however aside from that, no one knew me. I believe it was useful for me to construct myself from the bottom up in AEW.” mentioned Wardlow. (H/T Fightful).

CM Punk handed Wardlow his first lack of 2022 in AEW

Had it not been for Punk’s rivalry with MJF, Wardlow would possibly nonetheless be below Friedman’s thumb to this present day. Fortunately for “Mr. Mayhem” that is not the case now, however the two males did have a brutal interplay within the midst of the now iconic rivalry.

On the January twelfth version of AEW Dynamite, Wardlow confronted off with CM Punk in a match that noticed the 34-year previous practically powerbomb Punk out of his boots, with a type of powerbombs seeing the “second metropolis saint” undergo the timekeeper’s desk.

Punk picked up the victory with a sneaky roll-up after MJF bought carried away after seeing Wardlow punish the previous WWE star.

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