After participating in the headline event of AEW Collision, CM Punk teamed up with FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler) to contend for the AEW Trios Title against House of Black (Buddy Matthews, Malakai Black, & Brody King). The match ended in defeat, with a standout moment occurring as Samoa Joe choked out Punk amid the spectators. Despite this setback, Punk managed to regain his composure and delivered a post-show promo that left an impact.
In his ensuing monologue, Punk turned his focus squarely onto Hangman Page. With a hint of jest, he referenced a sign from the crowd reading “Carolina is Hangman country” and humorously recounted his visit to a local grocery store, where he amusingly drew a connection between the name “Hangman” and unsold action figures languishing on store pegs. Punk drew a contrast between this scenario and his own successful track record in terms of merchandise sales, ratings boost, and toy popularity.
“Carolina is Hangman country [referencing a sign in the crowd]. Earlier today, I went to a local supermarket and I figured out why the call him Hangman. It’s because the pegs in the toy aisle are full of Hangman action figures because nobody wants to buy them. He’s a peg warmer, unlike me, who moves merchandise, pops ratings, sells toys. You got everybody in AEW saying, ‘I’m the heart, I’m the soul, I’m the spirit.’ Well, that’s objective [subjective], what’s a fact is the people who say that certainly aren’t the chin of AEW because the lights go out faster than…what? GTS, Go To Sleep, I don’t know what I’m trying to do. I got rocked too. I told the House of Black, ‘no chops,’ and they chopped me, so I’m very mad,” he said.
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He then segued into a humorous critique of the many wrestlers in AEW who lay claim to being the heart, soul, and spirit of the company. While he acknowledged that these designations were open to interpretation, Punk delivered a wry quip that the only objective fact was that none of these individuals possessed the kind of prominence he held, humorously comparing it to not being the “chin of AEW.” In a playful manner, he hinted at his signature maneuver, the “GTS” (Go To Sleep), while admitting his own uncertainty about the point he was trying to make. He comically vented his annoyance at House of Black for disregarding his request to abstain from delivering chops during the match.
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