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At this point in time, it seems like everyone has an opinion about the now-infamous backstage brawl following the media scrum after AEW’s All Out pay-per-view earlier this month. The latest commentary on the matter, and CM Punk’s role in it, comes from Konnan, who is part of Major League Wrestling and Impact Wrestling.

“What I don’t think was cool, bro, [was] he just totally embarrassed fucking Tony, which is not cool,” Konnan said in an exclusive interview with Wrestling Inc. Senior Editor Nick Hausman. “Because Tony’s a cool dude, dude. I don’t think he deserved that. When he told them, you don’t need to clarify anything mean he just punked him. If it would’ve been me, it would’ve been a whole different story. I would’ve cut his mic off and that would’ve been the end of it. Tony just kind of, what could he do, bro? I felt so bad for him because I like Tony.”

Despite his sympathy for Khan, Konnan acknowledged that Punk was not the only wrestler to lose his cool.

“I’ve been in the Punk situation when I’ve been super mad, and I just went off on everybody or quit,” he continued. “I’ve been in the Punk situation, [although] I never did it during a scrum.”

Konnan wondered if Punk “holds onto vendettas too long” and questioned if he would “be willing to go into the ring and do business with ‘Hangman’ [Adam] Page – I just think this is a guy he never wants to work with.” Nonetheless, Konnan would not be washing his hands of Punk.

“Bro, I’m a Punk fan,” he said. “Look, when I used to watch WWE, he was the last person that for me was must-see TV. I was watching every week when he was throwing the pipe bombs. He was going toe-to-toe with Hunter, he was going toe-to-toe with Vince … I was so happy when it came back to AEW. Like I told you before, I didn’t like the ‘aw, shucks, I’m happy to be back’ Punk. That was very boring. I like angry Punk.”

Eric Bischoff can see some unwanted parallels between CM Punk’s current situation with AEW and the one he found himself experiencing towards the end of WCW’s boom period.

Bisch told listeners on his ’83 Weeks’ show that he would’ve “snatched” the mic away from Punk during that controversial post-All Out press conference. However, Eric realises that he didn’t snatch anything away from Warrior when the one-time Ultimate star went on an 18-minute rant during his WCW Nitro debut in 1998.

That, Bischoff admits, was a mistake on his part. He has some sympathy for All Elite boss Tony Khan then, because it isn’t always easy to shut a talent up once they get on their soapbox and into rant mode. Punk was definitely keen to get a lot off of his chest after AEW’s latest pay-per-view.

Despite having some sympathy though, Eric does think that Khan’s plight is “self-inflicted”, and he can see similarities between WCW back then and what the AEW chief is going through today. Basically, everybody should be really worried if Jon Moxley starts seeing Punk in a mirror backstage.

Just saying.

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Retired wrestling great Ric Flair has described CM Punk’s fiery post-AEW All Out media scrum comments as “very entertaining”.

The ‘Nature Boy’ told listeners tuning into his podcast that he’s never really been around Punk backstage – they’ve exchanged pleasantries, but didn’t exactly hang out a lot on the road when both were in WWE. Ric did, however, side with good pal Triple H following issues between Hunter and Punk in the past.

Now, he views the exiled AEW man as someone who is “creating excitement” everywhere he goes. That might be an understatement from Ric there! All Elite boss Tony Khan decided to strip Punk of the AEW World Title and suspend him following a controversial press conference immediately after Sunday’s pay-per-view.

The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and several others were also suspended.

Flair pointed out that Punk’s willingness to fight his own corner is “old-time stuff”, but knows it has “divided” AEW’s locker room. He’s enjoying looking on from afar though, and followed the situation alongside other wrestling fans on social media.

Later in the pod, Ric said he found The Bucks and Omega “really easy guys to get along with”.

All Elite Wrestling crowned a new World Heavyweight Champion at “All Out” in Chicago, with CM Punk becoming the second two-time champion in company history after defeating Jon Moxley in the show’s main event. However, the title was not the most talked about thing coming out of the pay-per-view, nor was the long-awaited return of MJF after the match.

All anyone is talking about is what Punk had to say during the “AEW All Out” post-show media scrum, where he verbally attacked “Hangman” Page, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Scott Colton aka Colt Cabana. Punk detailed his level of disdain for something The Elite allegedly said during an episode of “Being The Elite,” suggesting the reason he’s been getting such mixed reactions is because of their constant campaign to defend Cabana on their show.

“If you’re an EVP, you don’t try to middle your top babyface, trying to get your niche audience that’s on the internet to hate him for some made-up bullshit rumor,” Punk said. “Really pisses me off, stepping on your own dick trying to make money, sell tickets and fill arenas and these stupid guys think they are in Reseda [reference to PWG].”

Not only did Punk bury the group for comments they made in the past toward him, but “The Best in the World” also heavily criticized Page for comments he made during an interview he had at GalaxyCon, in which he stated that he doesn’t “take advice.”

“We have a locker room full of pretty brilliant minds, Jerry Lynn, Dean Malenko, Mark Henry,” Punk said. “When I came back [from the foot injury] and cut my second promo here, I thought it was pretty decent. Blurred the lines a little bit, crazy Phil, he’s going into business for himself, and really I was just defending myself. You mix that in with attacking Moxley and you mention Kingston being the second-best Kingston which is a pretty great line.

“Our locker room, for all the wisdom and brilliance it has, isn’t worth shit when you have an empty-headed idiot who’s never done anything in the business and does public interviews and says, ‘Nah, I don’t really take advice.’ Who the fuck do you think you are? Yanno? That’s stupid. I’m on a team with Barry Bonds, Mark Maguire, and Sammy Sosa and I don’t need to work on my swing, I’m not going to listen to these guys when they tell me how to swing a baseball. Fucking go fuck yourself. That’s how I feel about it. I dare you to say that to Terry Funk’s face. Fucking grow up.”