Billy Gunn thinks CM Punk's return will be a good thing.
Punk has been absent from AEW since the aftermath of AEW All Out 2022, where he got into a physical altercation with The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Kenny Omega. Punk was suspended, and he has also been sidelined with a torn triceps. His return has been confirmed for the premiere of AEW Collision, and the wrestling world continues to buzz about it.
Speaking with Sportskeeda WrestleBinge, Billy Gunn was asked to share his thoughts on CM Punk's looming return, and he stated that he thinks it will be a good thing. He expressed his belief that Punk isn't as "toxic" as everyone else thinks.
"So you can probably look at that two ways. Some people are gonna think it’s negative, and some people… I think it’s positive thing, I really do, because he is still, no matter what goes on behind the scene, he’s still got it. He’s still the guy. He still has huge drawing power, and that’s only gonna help us, so why would you not want a guy in here that can help? I don’t feel he’s as toxic as everybody thinks he is, but then again, I’m an old person and I don’t really care about all that other stuff. All I care about is what can he do for the company? What can he do for the talent in the company? He’s still very good at that, and we all have our days of where we go a little off-track. I can’t speak for anything, what happened with that, because everything I heard is also hearsay, and I don’t speak on hearsay because I’m not a gossiper. But in the general scheme of things, I think it’s a good thing, it really is," Gunn said.
Gunn continued by emphasizing that he believes Punk will help the company and the talent he works with. He repeated that Punk is a draw, so having him as part of the company is beneficial. Gunn also described how, throughout his career, he has worked with people he doesn't like, but it's important to do business regardless.
"He’s just gonna help the company all around. He’s gonna help the talent on the Collision show or whatever. I mean, when the single guy can sell out Chicago arenas, yeah, I’m gonna say you might wanna keep him around a little bit. But what personality’s on the other side, sometimes you gotta set that aside. I’ve been in the business a long time. There’s been some people that I despise, but I still work with them. That’s just being honest. I still will do my job because my job isn’t to like you or dislike you. My job is to go out there and have the best match and do the best for the company that you can, and that’s what you do. I’m not gonna hang out with you. We’re not gonna go eat, we’re not gonna go to the gym, but when it comes to business, when it comes to stepping in the ring, it should always be business. It should always be, you do the best that you can at that moment in that specific time that you’re given. So I think it’s a good thing, I really do. All feelings aside, it’s gonna be a good thing. It really is," he said.
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