Tony Khan is the President of AEW and he recently spoke about CM Punk’s debut at AEW Rampage: The First Dance. CM Punk’s debut was kept a secret, however, people knew that he would be debuting during that event.
The rumors spread like wildfire and various sources confirmed that CM Punk will be headed to AEW. According to Tony Khan, CM Punk’s debut boosted AEW. CM Punk’s return was received well by almost every single wrestling fan around the world.
Tony Khan Speaks About CM Punk and Darby Allin
“It’s really a unique experience to be back here after we’ve just done The First Dance, which was the biggest crowd we’ve ever done for AEW to go to the United Center for, what I think people expected, was CM Punk’s debut, and we wanted the fans to be about 99% sure it was gonna be CM Punk debut, but I think to really deliver it, that 1% doubt in their minds is what made this surprise so special,” Khan explained.
“As he was coming in, he really wanted to be there debuting at the United Center, and it was really an honor to work with him, to put The First Dance together. “I think it’s one of the most successful things we’ve ever done in AEW and to this date, it’s the biggest audience we’ve ever had, especially when you account for the DVRs, and the business effects and the positive after-effects just keep happening.
And we’re growing. Every metric is pointing up, and it’s a great time for AEW, but really, it’s been trending up for a long time, and the company stayed h*t. It’s pretty amazing to stay h*t through a pandemic”.
He then spoke about Darby Allin, who is one of AEW’s top stars. He is all set to face CM Punk at AEW All Out, which will be AEW’s biggest PPV event after the pandemic. “Darby Allin was a huge part of it, came in and had a few really important matches, and he was chasing the TNT Title.
And even though he didn’t win it there in that tournament, he went on and had a great 2020 and ended on a really high note for him at Full Gear last year on pay-per-view, winning the TNT title,” Tony Khan recalled.
“And then he went on to become one of the biggest draws, one of the biggest stars and really built himself a huge fan base where he was really one of the true big stars in the business.