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CM Punk on Being Considered a Star the Level of Steve Austin, Trashes Hulk Hogan

September 22, 2021 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
CM Punk vs. Steve Austin

Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker podcast recently interviewed AEW star CM Punk, he discussed the reaction to his return to wrestling at AEW Rampage: The First Dance in Chicago. During his comments, he discussed becoming arguably the top star in wrestling, but he also discussed his name being thrown around with the likes of Steve Austin and also Hulk Hogan being arguably a bigger star than Austin. Below is an excerpt (via Fightful):

“It’s like the kids say, there is levels to this, and you don’t know until you ascend to those levels. One of the things I’ve always hated about the wrestling business is it seems that people — there are exceptions to the rule, some people are good about it — there have always been people who have gotten to a certain level and they are almost taught, and the culture is fostered for them to believe that they need to make sure nobody else gets to that level. They don’t want anyone to ‘steal their spot.’ Throwing my name in the hat with someone like Steve Austin, who arguably is the biggest star the business has ever seen. A lot of this is subjective. You can make the argument that Hulk Hogan is a bigger star than Steve Austin. Then you look at business periods and eras and box office receipts and all that other stuff. I think Hogan is a piece of shit, so obviously I’m like ‘Steve Austin, yeah.’ What it feels like, I don’t have the words to describe. I know what I feel like is, I want to help everyone on the AEW roster f***ing get there.”

CM Punk is scheduled to appear on tonight’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam. He will be in the ring on Friday at AEW Rampage: Grand Slam against Powerhouse Hobbs.