This past week, CM Punk lit the pro wrestling world up in the blink of an eye when he posted and then deleted a controversial Instagram story. In the story, Punk responded to comments from Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer board stating that The Second City Saint had refused to lose to Jon Moxley last summer and only did after being forced to by Tony Khan. For those that need a refresher, you can find Punk’s IG story comments below.
On today’s episode of The Sessions with Renee Paquette, Moxley joined his wife to address what Punk said in his now-deleted post.
“It’s f-cking annoying, just because someone said some stupid sh-t on social media, that’s not news but it is and it ends up being a thing,” Moxley began. “I don’t want to get dragged into this dumb sh-t. I could f-cking unload on a lot of f-cking people right now. When I start getting dragged into this sh-t it tempts me to do that but I am not going to f-cking sink to that level.
“I will say this,” he continued, “I am just going to give you a tidbit of information from my point of view. The entire summer (of 2022) I was not under contract, no contract. Free agent. I was at SummerSlam weekend wrestling f-cking Desperado and sh-t, the day of SummerSlam, f-cking suplexed him onto a bunch of aluminum cans and sh-t cut in half, it was f-cking dope. I could have walked into SummerSlam that night with the AEW f-cking belt if I had been so inclined. Nobody knew that because I don’t put my sh-t out into the f-cking world and let everyone know everything about my f-cking business.
“I was not under contract. The reason being, if you’re curious, is because I got out of rehab and my contract was coming up and they extended it for the time that I missed, cool. I am glad they extended it, actually, because I didn’t want them to feel like I owed them or anything, so they extended it a little bit, it was coming up, they were talking to me about it. Then the last thing that I wanted to do when I first got out of rehab is, because all they were telling me was, basically, ‘logic would tell you, don’t go back to wrestling because you’re just going to fall back into old habits.’
“So I wanted to ease back into wrestling and see what life was like on the other side,” he asserted. “Then the last thing I wanted to do was just hurry up and sign a big, long-term commitment because what if, I don’t who, what if sh-t starts going off the rails? Pretty quickly I was like, ‘man, actually, being sober is awesome! This is fantastic! I am having so much fun!’ I was working with my friends, Blackpool Combat Club, me and Bryan and sh-t and f-cking Regal, I was like, ‘this is great.’
“They were talking to me about signing a new thing and I was like, ‘If everything just stays exactly as it is right now, I’ll be here forever. You can pay me in cash in an envelope at the end of the night, I don’t give a f-ck. But I can’t tell you what I am going to tell you, how I am going to feel in six months, or three years, or five years. Once I make a commitment, I will push myself through injuries and I will fight really hard and I will do all these things that add up and it leads you down the road, or whatever.
“So, I was not in a hurry to make any kind of grand commitments, at first,” he made clear. “That being said, during this time period, the night in, what’s his dick (Punk) talking about? Minneapolis, it was the night he came back and was hopping around on one foot, bumping around Inner Circle or, whatever, after me and Jericho had wrestled in a badass match, by the way
“So, we are talking later and stuff, and, keep in mind, at this time, this is my whole point, I basically don’t work there. For all intents and purposes, I don’t work here. Tony is not my boss. I don’t even have to be in this room. I don’t have to do sh-t. So, even me being in this room and offering and agreeing to a storyline that puts you over at the PPV, if anything, I am bending over backward for Tony and this dude and for this company because I didn’t have to. I didn’t have to do anything. If anything, I was bending over backward. So, that’s it. That’s it. That’s not even controversial.”
Following his initial response to Punk, Paquette put over the leadership role that Moxley has taken on backstage and in-ring for the promotion. Including being the one to step in and carry the torch at the last minute. Moxley was quick to note that is how his career has always been, and how last minute his booking was for Forbidden Door, as an example.
“I will say this,” Moxley began his closing comments on the issue of Punk and the controversy he created. “I hate to say, I don’t think I have ever said anything even remotely negative about AEW. I will say this, as an observer, it seems like I spent eight years on the indies, a couple of years in WWE developmental, and spent eight years in WWE. I have never seen so much bullsh-t drama in one place in my entire f-cking life. I hate to say that but it’s like, and I don’t know if it is because of the age of social media, and sh-t gets blown out of proportion. One person types one stupid drunk tweet and all of a sudden it’s all anyone wants to talk about.”
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