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CM Punk addresses reports he went ‘off script’ on AEW Dynamite

Punk was interviewed by Sports Illustrated recently.

CM Punk has addressed rumors regarding his promo on AEW Dynamite last week. 

Following last Wednesday's show, there have been reports that Punk went "off script" when he called out Hangman Page, only for Page not to come out. Other reports suggested Punk is unhappy in AEW and almost "no-showed" Dynamite as a result. 

During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Punk was asked if he feels creatively fulfilled in AEW. 

“Yes, 100%,” he responded. “You try not to put too much stock in internet rumors. But for AEW, I definitely think that’s part of our audience. Twitter’s not real life, though. On top of that, a lie makes its way around the world twice before the truth puts his boots on or gets out of bed."

“If I addressed every rumor, I’d be here all day," he continued. "I love AEW. It’s not a competition of who loves it more or who’s the heart and soul, or who’s this and who’s that. AEW allowed me a second chance to do what I do best, and that’s professionally wrestle.”

Punk also addressed reports of backstage friction in the company, noting that what has been made public is just "one side of the story." 

“It’s one side of the story,” Punk said. “My locker room is never closed. It’s always open. Anybody who wants to DM [Dave] Meltzer some bulls--- can come talk to me about it. It’s not macho, stupid bulls---. I’m an adult. Come talk with me.”

Punk also addressed reports that he went off-script when he called out Hangman Page on Dynamite last week. He said his motivation behind the promo was to "make people want to see what happens next" and "sell tickets." 

“That’s what I’m here to do, make people want to see what happens next,” Punk said. “I’m trying to sell tickets to the live events. That goes back to me saying Twitter isn’t [the] real world. Twitter is a bunch of people that don’t really care about your opinion. They want to find like-minded opinions that share their worldview. I’m trying to tell stories, sell tickets, and get people to tune in on Dynamite.”

AEW President Tony Khan appeared on Busted Open Radio on Wednesday and also addressed Punk's comments towards Hangman. 

"It's unresolved anger, I think, from the World title match at Double or Nothing. We haven't really tied up all those issues," Khan said, "There was clearly some stuff that didn't get resolved at Double or Nothing."