AEW star CM Punk addressed the crowd after the main event of Saturday night’s special episode of AEW Dark.
After thanking the audience for singing Jungle Boy’s entrance music, Punk doubled down on his comments from last week when he called out AEW’s detractors.
“Last week in Milwaukee, I very sarcastically sent the crowd home happy with: ‘you guys enjoyed the show? Great. Tell your friends, tweet about it.’ And then I said, ‘if you didn’t like it….’
“And what I mean by that is we don’t mind the criticism. We want the criticism, because to me it’s feedback. I said I’m no longer the voice of the voiceless, because this place doesn’t need me. This place already has a voice. I want all the criticism, I want the feedback, I want to know if you guys are happy.
“The part about shutting the f--k up is for the people who hate watch stuff and have nothing good to say, or nothing good to add to the conversation. We don’t need you, so shut the f--k up.'”
The crowd at the NOW Arena in Chicago then broke into a “shut the f--k up” chant.
Punk concluded with, “[Sunday night at All Out] I want this place to be like a gigantic party that the boo birds see from the outside and go, ‘oh man, I wanna be there. I wish I could.’ But you can’t, because we don’t wanna hear it. We’re all about positivity, having a good time, and if somewhere along the way, we get into some fights, and have disagreements… [we’ll deal with that].
“At the end of the day, ya’ll are our bosses. If you’re not having a good time, please let us know. But if you like what you see, you let us know and we’ll give you all that we have. So, sing those songs, cheer for these guys, boo for the ones you don’t like. And if you don’t like it….'”
Earlier in the promo, Punk sang the theme song to Golden Girls, “Thank You for Being a Friend” by Andrew Gold. Some fans in the crowd sang along. He also put over all three members of Jurassic Express.
Punk will face Darby Allin at tonight’s All Out pay-per-view.
You can watch the full video of Punk addressing the crowd below:
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