Samoa Joe has reflected on the backstage incident involving CM Punk that took place at AEW All In London at Wembley Stadium.
On September 2, AEW and Tony Khan announced that they had terminated the contracts of CM Punk with cause.
Punk’s termination came following the investigation into the backstage incident at AEW All In at Wembley Stadium.
Moments after this incident took place, Punk wrestled Samoa Joe in the first match of the main show.
Speaking with the New York Post, Samoa Joe noted that it was important to him to step up and have a match that he’d be proud of on that night.
Noting that he generally doesn’t read reports about CM Punk, he said:
“For the most part, I haven’t read what’s been portrayed. There’s been so much said. I’m not the one to go out there and try to debunk everything.
“I know we had the initial incident. Everybody rallied. Everybody got together. Got their heads together and lined up and got ready to do the show and we went out there and we did the show.
“That really was the focus at that point in time. We got a massive show to do and we got fans out there rabid to see that happen. So it’s important that we step up and do it and it’s important that we did and I was proud to be a part of that.
When asked if in the moment things were intense, Joe said:
“That’s up to whoever perceived it. I’m used to that environment. Those things don’t seem very intense to me, but it could be something crazy intense to someone else.
“I wasn’t really affected by the moment. I was more focused on getting the show back on track and getting us going because it was bell time.”
Sharing his thoughts on Punk, Joe noted:
“I’d imagine there are tons of things that are misunderstood or portrayed about him. Now, what those things are it’s who’s representing in what way.
“I can’t really give you a blanket statement as far as what those things are. For the most part, our relationship has been very, especially for these years, has been very non-wrestling related.
“It’s just been extraneous stuff outside of the world of wrestling and talking about life stuff.”
Details on how Punk’s exit affected AEW’s creative plans for MJF have now been revealed.
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Author: Sanchez Taylor