WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin spoke about CM Punk returning to WWE for Backstage on the State of Combat podcast with Brian Campbell. He also discussed the competition between WWE and AEW. Highlights below are from Wrestling Inc.
Austin on CM Punks return to WWE Backstage-
“I don’t know if it leads to anything more. I guess, speculation to be determined, we will find out.”
“Just the fact that he returned to be doing business with WWE I love because I know they split up on bad terms and now they are back in business together, CM Punk was a lights-out pro wrestler; great promos, great work, great talent, so to have him back into the fold obviously they ironed whatever they needed to iron out and both sides are happy.
“It’s great to have CM Punk back in the pro wrestling/sports entertainment business. I think it’s a breath of fresh air because the guy brings in a great perspective, great insights, great opinion on all things sports entertainment.”
On the competition between WWE and AEW-
“I believe in competition, I think competition is outstanding and I loved it when we were competing in WCW. AEW is doing their own thing, so I’m not sure if you have turned on YouTube lately and checked out NWA Powerrr with that studio-style wrestling. That is pretty fresh and entertaining to see, but I love competition. I love the fact that NXT is on USA Network and not just WWE Network.
“They have their head to head thing going on which is cool. AEW is doing their thing and WWE is doing their thing and when you see kind of when the business was down a bit a few years ago and to see where it is right now with so many different shows and Tuesday’s show on Fox and the Friday Night SmackDown on Fox, I just think more guys and gals in the business getting paid than a few years ago so the fact that everybody is making money, I love it.”
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