CM Punk has made the bold claim that the AEW debuts of Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole at All Out eclipse the WCW invasion by Scott Hall and Kevin Nash back in 1996.
It was 27th May when Scott Hall appeared on WCW Nitro to announce his arrival, and he was joined on 10th June by Kevin Nash. The duo would also go on to be joined by Hulk Hogan at Bash At The Beach to mark the birth of the nWo.
The arrivals of late in AEW have been compared to that of the nWo trio, and Punk spoke in the post All Out media scrum about the similarities. He commented that whilst there are obviously differences with the events being 20 years apart, he sees this as much bigger.
Gosh, obviously, I think it’s going to be very impactful. I’m not personally in the business of war. I know who competition is and who competition isn’t. To me, we focus on ourselves. We focus on the talent we have and we focus on the people in the building. I think that’s how we grow. It’s not about throwing stones. I know TNT loves ratings. I know everybody’s gonna 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. But to me, our competition is our audience, and as long as we keep them engaged, and keep them happy, and I think that to bring it back around, that’s what we’re doing. So I’m not Hogan, I’m not Savage, you know, Daniel, Bryan and Adam Cole, they’re not The Outsiders. I see the parallels, but this is totally different and I’ll go ahead and say it and people can quote me and they’ll be pissed off about it. To me, this is bigger.
The arrivals of Cole, Punk and Danielson are the latest additions in a big year of arrivals for AEW, as they joined the likes of Christian Cage, Malakai Black and Andrade El Idolo in making the move from WWE in 2021.
Punk made his in-ring return with his first match in over seven years at AEW All Out, where he defeated Darby Allin following a second G2S.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.