Recently, two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T, weighed in on the future of one of the industry’s most polarising figures, CM Punk, suggesting that the former WWE Champion might find a new home in TNA Wrestling.
Booker T’s Take on CM Punk and his Next Move
Booker T, on his Hall of Fame podcast, delved deep into the possibility of CM Punk making a move to TNA Wrestling. This comes after Punk’s abrupt departure from AEW and WWE’s reported decision not to sign him. Punk’s exit from AEW was particularly controversial, stemming from a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at All In 2023.
Booker T believes that if Punk were to join Impact Wrestling, it could be a beneficial move for both parties. The younger talent at Impact could potentially look up to Punk for guidance.
However, Booker also pointed out the challenges Punk might face in a smaller promotion like TNA. With smaller crowds, every move is under scrutiny, and any misstep would be glaringly obvious: “His wrestling is going to be more spotlighted on, you know, just because it’s smaller crowds. everything is going to be seen. You’re not going to be able to hide anything in an arena like that. And one thing about getting older is you’re going to lose a step. That’s just…that’s just the way it is. I think it would be so much more noticeable as well, let’s just say like this, you would be looking at CM Punk’s work so much more than anything else outside of he’s doing anything outside of anything that he would be doing at TNA.”
Reality of Wrestling and Punk’s Legacy
When asked about the possibility of Punk joining his promotion, Reality of Wrestling, Booker T seemed enthusiastic. He still sees value in Punk and believes that the wrestler’s legacy in the business is more important than the size of the company he works for.
Reflecting on Punk’s tumultuous departures from WWE and AEW, Booker T emphasised the importance of leaving the industry with fond memories.
Booker T also touched upon the challenges of working in Japan, suggesting that while it might seem like an appealing option, it’s not always the best choice for older wrestlers.
He believes that if Punk were to join TNA, it could be an opportunity for him to rebuild trust with fans and showcase his star power. If Punk could help TNA compete with AEW in terms of viewership, it would certainly be a testament to his influence in the wrestling world.
CM Punk and the New Generation
The wrestling industry has seen a shift with the rise of the younger generation, including talents like The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega.
Booker T feels that Punk would need to navigate this new landscape carefully. The dynamics have changed, and the younger talents have a different perspective on the business. Any collaboration would require mutual respect and understanding.
- Who suggested CM Punk should try TNA?
- Two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T.
- Why did CM Punk leave AEW?
- He had a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at All In 2023.
- What are Booker T’s concerns about Punk joining TNA?
- The smaller crowds in TNA would put Punk’s in-ring work under intense scrutiny.
- Does Booker T see value in CM Punk?
- Yes, he believes Punk still has a lot to offer to the wrestling industry.
- How does Booker T feel about the younger generation in wrestling?
- He believes they have a different perspective and that any collaboration requires mutual respect.