Teddy Long Spoke With CM Punk After All Out, Weighs In On Punk Potentially Going to WWE

Posted By James Walsh on 11/22/22

Teddy Long has revealed that he spoke with CM Punk following his media scrum rant and backstage altercation at All Out. Speaking with Wrestling Inc, the WWE Hall of Famer gave his take on Punk’s situation and whether he thinks Punk could end up in WWE. You can check out some highlights below:

On CM Punk potentially leaving AEW: “Well, I had a chance to talk to Punk right after the interview, whatever, with the Young Bucks and all that, where he went off-script. But I did have a chance to talk to him. And the reason I talked to him was because me and him been friends for quite a while. Punk is just a guy… When they named him Straight Edge, that wasn’t just a character; that him. He’s a straight up guy, and if he feels that something is wrong, he’s just going to speak about it. And what I’m proud of is, he’s a guy that can speak. A lot of guys can’t open their mouths and speak because they’re worried about their jobs. So Punk wasn’t worried about his job. He’s said if he doesn’t wrestle another day in his life, I think he’s pretty much set. So for him to be able to speak up and let the people in the company know just exactly what’s going and how he really feels, and there’s a lot of guys I know would like to express how they really feel, but they can’t. So I just respect him for that, and I admire him for that. And like I said, they ain’t going to hurt Punk, but there is a rumor saying he may return to WWE. Who knows?”

On when he spoke with Punk: “About two weeks after. Right after the interview. No, it wasn’t that one. It was about a week after the interview. I got the text on my phone when I talked to him… We text back and forth.”

On how Punk seemed at the time: “No, he was okay. He was the same old guy. He was glad to hear from me. I guess he was surprised to get my text, because I don’t worry guys. I only text some guys like him that I’m okay with. Only on holidays and stuff, I’ll text them and say stuff. But other than that, I don’t bother them. So I guess he was surprised to get that text from me. And I just told him, ‘Congratulations, man. You did it again.'”

On if the narrative that Punk divided the locker room is unfair: “Well, I don’t know. Everybody has their own opinion about it. If it were me, if I was one of the young guys and I felt that whatever he said about me was wrong… But I’d have to go think about it myself. “Let me see. Well, let me make sure he’s wrong. Let me see. Let me go back and go over what I did to make sure it was right or wrong.” So I think Punk just calls it like it is. And so for them to oust him, I don’t think that’s fair. But like I said, man, everybody has their own opinion. So if the locker room there is against you, they’re going to go to the boss, and they’re going to get you out of there, because I don’t think the boss is going to let one man stop the show.”

On if he thinks Punk could end up in WWE again: “Well, I think with Hunter and Punk, these are two grown men, and I think that they can sit down and they can talk and they can settle their differences. This business is about money, and if Hunter sees that there’s money still in CM Punk, then Hunter will act on it. And I think CM Punk, like I said, ain’t a guy out here looking for a job. I think he just wants to be treated right, and whatever angle or push they’re going to give him, he just want to have them do it right. But I think if he decided to go back, I think him and Hunter could sit down, and I think they could bury the hatchet, and I think it would work.”