[Fightful Select] TNT's reaction to CM Punk news
By - RaveConnoisseur
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Friday, hurry the fuck up
Shit, for me tomorrow is already Friday but I still have to wait until Saturday cuz I'm in different zone, pain
My work schedule is totally off this week. I walked around all day today going “it’s Thursday, thank god!”
"It's Thursday, you know what that means! It's Wednesday!"
It was basically that. I opened Instagram and the “Tonight on dynamite” stuff came up and I just went “whaaaaaat?”
For my job, I'm dealing with the next day constantly. I always think it's a day later than it is.
I know the feeling bruh… Im in SEA
At least I still have time to go out and pick up some Pepsi for Friday lol
Man I’d be so pissed if I died before Friday night
You know when you are a kid on Christmas eve and you can't sleep because you are so excited? Yea. That's been me all week long.
My local radio station has a morning guy that is a huge wrestling fan. If they don't start there Friday show off with cult of personality I will be so disappointed. I KNOW YOU'RE HERE CARL BROWN! YOU BETTER DO IT!
Rampage gonna beat dynamite in viewers
It wouldn’t shock me
But would it shock the system?
Adam Coleman is All Elite confirmed?
I'd legitimately be surprised if it doesn't. Honestly if it isn't their highest rated episode of AEW TV ever I might be a little shocked.
I'd be surprised by that. It'll do well, but the Friday night 10pm slot is DEATH compared to earlier on a Wednesday. ~750k was considered a big success, and that was a series Premiere with 3 title matches on the card.
Yep, but none of those were the most anticipated return of a wrestler in recent memory.
That's true. A Punk return seemed inconceivable even a few years ago.
Shit, a Punk return seemed inconceivable even two months ago.
There’s still doubt about it in THIS thread
If Rampage doesn't break a million on Friday I will be shocked.
It isn’t real until Oli officially says “CM Punk to AEW confirmed” so def won’t believe it until the morning after I witness it on TNT with a 3 hour delay.
Oli is going to literally fucking explode
This is the long term booking I want...
I know that Pete does the news/Smackdown review and Tempest does the Rampage review as of last week, but like… they gotta let Oli do it this week. They just gotta.
It’s not real until the “CM Punk is All Elite” graphic comes out.
Punk could come out, sign a 10 year contract with a lawyer, show it to the screen, say that he's "All Elite," and I would still have trouble believing it.
the cm punk chants to open rampage on friday are going to be defening
Hopefully they do. I don’t think the audience will be able to hold their horses until the end lol.
Exactly my thought.
Address it right out of the gate so it doesn't hijack the whole show.
This report leads to one of two possibilities: one, CM Punk is back, or two, TK misled AEW’s TV partner because… ???
Yeah, I think we can stop with the “what if he doesn’t show up” talk.
> Yeah, I think we can stop with the “what if he doesn’t show up” talk.
At this point, I’m not even sure those posts will stop after he shows up on Friday.
It will turn into "How do we know Punk didn't just sign for a few dates?".
“It’s probably just a short term thing, he won’t stay” - posts after the “All Elite” graphic is posted.
Alternatively, they could move on to Bryan.
“That wasn’t CM Punk. That was some indie schmuck that TK paid to look like CM Punk. He pays to sell his buildings out, so he must pay talent to get permanent tattoos.”
THAT'S NOT CM PUNK! THATS A PICTURE OF CM PUNK!
That's Jeff Farmer dressed up as Punk!
Jumpin' Jeff Farmer!
You got me. Mad now
That's not CM Punk, it was C.M. Punk totally different
Lest we forget, there were people for a year who insisted that Moxley leaving WWE was a long-term booking decision. Even after his appearance at Double or Nothing.
I have a friend that STILL thinks that.
That's a hell of a commitment, I guess...
There’s still time
“Just wait for it to play out” -HHH
“This CM Punk is clearly just a variant.”
How can our eyes be real
They've already done the "He's just there to promote Heels!" take a few times recently.
How do we know Punk is real? Are any of us?
Wednesday Night Existentialism
"Bah gawd, that's Jean-Paul Sartre's music!"
Here comes Immanuel Kant with the steel empiricism!
"The Categorical Imperative is locked in! But here's Kierkegaard to break the hold. Son of a bitch."
Kant is down! Kierkegaard on the top ropes! Is this it? Oh my God, it's the Leap of Faith!
It's Nietzsche hitting Kierkegaard in mid air with the Übermensch-Punch!
It’s Wednesday… *Do we know what that means?*
"My reasoning for Punk actually being a hologram"
even if he did sign a contract without many dates thats good that helps the character
the discourse around cm punk in the wrestling community is really hard to get because there's so many opinions on him and what he represents (and opinions on if he represents what other people claim he does at all) and once hes on tv every week its gone and thats it
i want him to come in, beat the shit out of darby allin, and leave for 6 months because he hates what the wrestling industry did to him 7 years ago and he doesnt give a flying fuck what we think about him
"Nah, he's not showing up at All Out. Rampage was a one time thing because TK was in a bind and had to pay millions just for the one appearance or there would have been a riot."
I can already see the tweets :(
Fuck it. I'm here for CM Punk deniers.
"You marks! That was Jon Hamm on Rampage 😂😂😂 "
"That isn't the real CM Punk! The old CM Punk died years ago, this guy is an imposter!"
Jon Hamm being on Rampage would be cool though NGL
Tore his quad
It'S a WoRk, ViNcE iS bEhInD aLl oF tHiS
I read a whole thread about that it was amazing.
He injected lethal poison
*chair spinning intensifies*
Until I see CM Punk stand in the middle of an AEW ring live on Rampage holding a copy of today’s Chicago Sun Times like a hostage victim showing proof of life, this shit remains **SPECULATION**!
(Sadly obligatory /s)
CM Punk's music hits, and out comes Jeff Hardy dressed as him, just as Punk did to Hardy so many years ago
At this point I'm more concerned "what if he doesn't have 'it' anymore."
True, but what makes Punk special is his charisma and ability on the mic. He is going to have ring rust for sure though.
>He is going to have ring rust for sure though.
*\*Christian Cage laughs hysterically.\**
Fr he’s older and taken the same amount of time off
People have started saying “imagine if he shows up at Summerslam instead” as a way to cope.
Good. Now maybe we can get AEW on HBO Max and get rid of horrible Bleacher Report.
Man, I wish HBO Max would give AEW the Peacock deal. Would make things so much easier.
I’d also be able to legally watch AEW without cable and support the company with my wallet
Yeah right now I'm supporting a number of illegal streaming sites because fuck paying for cable.
Oh no, they didn't get the memo that Punk has a Heels screening that night
This is feeling very real, but I’m also not unconvinced this is all a fever dream and I’ll wake up as soon as his music hits
"CM Punk? AEW? What're you talking about? Come on, Sunday Night Heat's about to start."
Live before the ppv on MTV
Get to see what the set looks like!
We are back to the giant fist but you aren't gonna like where it is.
Depending on the year you might actually catch CM Punk on Heat.
Actually yeah I think that's right. He had like two televised matches on Heat. I think one was against Val "Sounds like Penis" Venis
With Mickie James as his manager.
They actually looked good together and probably would made a great kayfabe couple. Also, I think they were stable mates in TNA.
Well TNT was very open about this lmaooo
In my head, I like to think Tony Khan thinks Cody handled signing Punk and Cody think Tony took care of it and they’re just coming to the realization now that neither of them ever reached out to him and are scrambling to figure out how they can deliver on what they’ve been hinting at for weeks.
"hey Shawn, we're gonna need you to grow the rest of your hair and wrap your hands and wrists with hockey tape. Nervous? What? Noooo k justdoitthanksbye"
Cody sent a text to Punk telling him to expect TK to give him a call. TK sent Punk a DM on Twitter saying expect Cody to stop by his place.
CM Punk sent a message to himself using Cody's phone.
Buddy Murphy v Cm punk. Best kept secret v worst kept secret
Okay but yes, please can we get that
BOOK IT TK
AEW ICE CREAM BARS
I genuinely hope that’s in Punk’s contract, the same way I hope “I get to wrestle Bear Boulder and/or Bronson at least once” is in Bryan’s.
Bryan's will just have "let me wrestle an actual bear" in his contract.
Bryan vs JD Drake confirmed
Give me Bryan feuding with the Wingmen and him actually enjoying the makeover interference they run on him.
Bryan running through the whole Wingmen who end up becoming his friends would be a great starter feud
CM Punk the Movie!
I SAID ~~I APOLOGIZE~~ I'M HAPPY TO HAVE YOU HERE IN AEW YOU SON OF A BITCH
I can’t believe Punk is back. I fully thought he would go the Austin route and just never make an in ring return. this is the most buzz i’ve ever seen in wrestling in a very long time.
I was in 11th grade the last time he was on TV 😭
My bones hurt
to make you feel worse I was in the 9th grade when Punk left WWE…
To make you feel better I was in the 9th grade when Jericho left WCW...
If y'all wanna feel old, I was 13 last time Punk was on TV.
He’s not as banged up as Austin. It was always more possible for me to believe than Austin.
Plus he was supposed to return in 2005 but he and WWE couldn't meet eye to eye.
Losing to Coach, wtf?
Ah, so TNT had no objections regarding bringing one of the biggest names in pro wrestling out of retirement, you say?
I'd never guessed!!!
AEW have played this absolutely perfect.
It's The First Dance ;) In Chicago ;) At the United Center ;) Where Darby Allin Calls out the best in the world ;)
The most anticipated TV event of the year! ;)
TNT is happy.
USA is upset.
The year 2000 is wondering what the fuck is going on.
TNT got their revenge, and I am enjoying it ***tremendously***.
TNT playing the *LONG* game
It's a marathon, not a sprint. - HHH
"Vince will buy that piss ant company"
*Vince sacks all of NXT*
Long 👏 Term 👏 Booking
So either Tony Khan worked the fucking network that airs his shows, or Punk is All Elite. This still doesn't feel real.
Listen, all of this means nothing unless we get CP Munk as well.
It’s fucking happening. Warner Media must be over the moon with the success of AEW.
Give me AEW on HBO Max.
Bro I’ve been saying this
I would love to have a dynamite and rampage playback on there maybe some older ppvs
Full Archive + Live PPVs + TV eps on a 30-day delay is my prediction, if it happens.
Hook it directly into my veins.
Did somebody say HOOK?
WHERE MAH HOOKERS AT?
HOOKER RISE UP
They're losing money not doing this. Tony Khan would be happy that PPVs and old episodes of Dynamite/Rampage will get broadcasted by one of the biggest streaming services on the world today, and Warner Media will have a huuuge asset being showcased on their platform.
HBO Max needs it after Peacock their asses with the WWE and Olympics deals.
> biggest streaming services on the world
Well, one of the biggest in the Americas. HBO Max still has a bunch of licensing hurdles to overcome before becoming a truly international service (a lot of HBO shows are currently licensed to *other* streaming services or TV networks in different countries). They probably won't make a true push out until they have access to most of their IP back like Disney did when they launched Disney+.
I would imagine it's purely just a case of them building up an actual library worth putting on a streaming service. After all there's only been 10 PPVs in total so far, aside from All In and the TV specials.
I would imagine at the end of the year if things are presumably still doing as well as they are then they'll probably get their catalogue picked up and probably somewhere new for them to stream their PPVs, I don't have BR but it seems people aren't too happy with it and it's a poor service so I think if something else came along they'd switch if possible.
It would be great if they had live ppvs on hbo Max! A cheap man can dream
I’m still trying to tell myself to lower my expectations. But man is it getting harder and harder waiting for Friday. I’m gonna feel like a young fan all over again if he comes out Friday.
It’s crazy knowing he debuts I’ve been watching old segments & reliving the WWE CM Punk years and it just feels so good knowing he gets a 2nd chance again to grab the top spot
> United Center/Chicago/Bulls tie in
Lauri Markkanen is All Elite as well?!
TNT and TK after Punk debuts and has another game changing run.
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i'm gonna look both ways before crossing the road very carefully these next few days
CM Punk is finally going to be on those collector cups, programs, the signature that's produced at the start of the show, and hopefully AEW ice cream bars.
It will be interesting to see if WWE stars will be able to tweet or social media about CM Punk on Friday.
In the words of Wayne from Letterkenny: [Hard No.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beLErdoS2KQ)
This really is the most unofficial confirmation you can have if you were somehow still unconvinced. Nobody is stupid enough to lie to their TV partners who are incredibly happy with and supportive of the product as it is currently.
With the Chicago Bulls' references, at some point Punk and Omega has to cross paths, right?
Omega literally believes he's Michael Jordan. Punk's motto is being "the best in the world" and the references...
Hangman wins the title. Punk vs Omega is the next rivalry.
That's what I'm saying. End First Dance with a shot of Kenny sitting in a chair and saying "I took that personally".
TNT is really happy! How is USA Network and FOX feeling lately?
Fox is loving their results if you didnt know but usa is on the verge of a nervouse breakdown
How the fuck did I read this title AFTER watching Dynamite and still go, "Oh fuck, did he come out on Dynamite tonight?"
Some reason this just got me even more hyped. I wanna see Punk commercials.
How wxcited is TNT be when more people are tlaking about a one hour show then anythign WWE is showing in summer slam
man I moved to chicago as soon as quarantine started and rampage is my first time really going out in the city im so glad I got those $25 tickets
I left wrestling when Batista did and missed the entire Punk on top run between 2010 and 2013.
I am so happy that he's back and I can live through one of his runs live. Looking forward to it.
Haven't been following it that closely, 2 questions:
It's pretty much set in stone he's going to AEW then?
When is the show that he's supposed to be debuting at?
Yes. This Friday
Rampage, This Friday in his hometown of Chicago
Even *still* I don't believe it til I see him on the ramp
Some TNT exec gotta be extremely pleased/shocked that taking the gamble on the non-wwe wrestling show is paying off the way it has.
Probably getting a promotion.
I hope Jordan takes this personally so he can show up in AEW at some point.
Get on in here, we welcome everyone.
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I mean the whole show is practically uploading clip by clip here on Wednesdays.
Worst case scenario. It's Friday night. And in the closing minutes of Rampage, with the crowd already at a fever pitch, "Cult of Personality" plays ... and a hooded figure takes the stage ... tears off his hood, and starts screaming, "My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G and a bonafide stud, and you can't teach that..."
Tbh even though we all knew that it's was basically a certainty, the excitement didn't really kick in until now.
Haven't felt this way about wrestling in a long time
Last Chicago Bulls wrestling tie in at TNT was Rodzilla in the nWo.
CM Punk is probably the most exciting prospect you can add to your roster.
Nothing against Daniel Bryan. Or say any of NJPW. We know they can go and are fantastic in ring. They ooze charisma. They do good to great on promos. But we know that from them. Same for Christian, but i would detract a bit from him, because his peak was never as high as CM Punks peak.
And CM Punk... He changed a bit since his last time in a wrestling ring. He got more healthy. He had somewhat of an MMA career. Yeah, he got humbled there and that will also impact him. He never was as crisp in the ring as Daniel Bryan. He was more working in a style similar to Christian, which doesnt takes as many years of and doesnt rely on strength and speed as much.
And the main strength of CM Punk was his promo work. We want to know whats on his mind. What he wants to do in and with AEW. This is going to get exciting.
CM Punk kinda fell from the earth for 7 years. Sure, like Christian did, but Christians peak was never as high as CM Punks was.
I love that TNT refuses to admit anything.
Yeah, worst kept secret, but they still haven't said anything. There are still doubters.
I think the marketing push that is about to happen with Punks return will be something we havent seen in a long time (maybe ever?) in wrestling.
Assuming this is real and he is All Elite, then I foresee them going on a late 90’s WWE marketing style blitz.
I’m talking the modern equivalent of the TV Guide covers.
If they don’t blow this they could legitimately ride Punk and Bryan to an amazing level of success
Here in NYC, I've already seen posters on the subway and billboards in Times Square.
Granted things are a bit different these days, unless pro wrestling saves linear TV by some MIRACLE, I doubt wrestling will ever be as big as it did in the 90s, maybe late Ruthless Aggression era levels of popularity, though
Still, WarnerMedia showing confidence in AEW is huge news for pro wrestling in America
Punk V Bryan needs a full year teaser build and I'm ready for it.
I know it shouldn't matter, but I just get more and more irritated that they're moving to TBS next year. I get the Warner relationship is still there and whatnot but the branding of TNT, not to mention the pro wrestling history (yes, I know TBS has some too), is just too good of a fit.
TNT is going to have the NBA and NHL starting in October. Dynamite and Rampage would be pre-empted for six to eight months on end.
TBS means Dynamite and Rampage stay on Wednesday and Friday. Baseball playoffs might pre-empt 3 weeks in October. But AEW has stability and not being pre-empted means that Warner Media values AEW. TBS or TNT? Who cares, I wanna watch AEW.
It's surely a gamble just as they're picking up momentum
Going to this show on Friday....kind of super nervous about how many tickets are on StubHub.
I'd love to find out it was just Hulk Hogan's x comeback again after all this speculation LOL.
I wonder if CM Punk will get his face on a cup
If he comes out to Cult of Personality, I’ll get goosebumps.