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CM Punk compares new AEW signings to 1990s WCW additions


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CM Punk believes that this moment in wrestling history is bigger than the WCW vs. WWF Monday Night War of the 1990s. 

"I'm not Hogan, I'm not Savage, Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole, they're not The Outsiders. I see the parallels. This is totally different. And I'll go ahead and say it, people can quote me, they'll be pissed off about it, to me, this is bigger," said Punk. 

Punk made the statement during the post-All Out media scrum at Now Arena. 

He was quick to point out, though, that his focus is not on any outside force as competition to AEW, and that his and the company's primary objectives are engaging and pleasing their own fans. 

"I'm not personally in the business of a war or competing. I know who competition is and competition isn't," said Punk. 

"To me, we focus on ourselves, focus on the talent we have, and we focus on the people in the building. And I think that's how we grow," Punk said. "It's not about throwing stones." 

Punk did allude to WWE, though never mentioned the company by name. 

"I know TNT loves ratings, I know that everybody's going to look at stuff and compare the two. For a company that's only been around for two years, I think they're doing great. And if you're competing with somebody on another night that's got a 30-year head start, well that's fine," said Punk.

"To me, our competition is our audience. And as long as we keep them engaged and keep them happy, then that's what we're doing."