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A WWE star believes that CM Punk was “speaking from the heart” in his return promo on the November 27 edition of Monday Night Raw.

Punk’s first promo back in WWE in almost a decade was about as anticipated a moment as there has been in recent memory in pro wrestling.

While it may not have been the ‘pipe bomb’ many anticipated, it did get many talking afterwards.

Some fans questioned the legitimacy of Punk’s heartfelt words that he spoke, in which he stated that he was now back “home” in WWE, despite publicly bashing the company on numerous occasions across the last decade.

One current WWE star who believes different however, is current NXT commentator Booker T, who weighed in on Punk’s words on his Hall of Fame podcast.

Booker explained:

“I said (his return promo in AEW) wasn’t the best promo I ever saw, it could have had more substance to it, and a lot of people gave me backlash because I said that, because I didn’t say ‘it was the greatest promo in the world.

It was a pipebomb!’ In this promo on Monday night, it was a heartfelt promo, that’s what I think.

At points in time, CM Punk got caught in the moment a little bit, he almost got choked up a little bit.

I know this, when you leave a company and come back, you wonder how the fans are going to treat you. You wonder if they’re going to boo you out of the building. You just don’t know.

For CM Punk, the way he left, very polarizing, and then to come back. Even in Chicago, he might have had that feeling wondering, ‘How is it going to be?’

For CM Punk to come out, not having that comfort zone (on Monday) of being in Chicago, wondering, ‘How are they going to react?’ Then, they give him the ultimate pop.

That does something to you. This promo that he cut, it felt like a heartfelt promo. Seemed like he was speaking from the heart.

It seemed like he had some notes written, but sometimes you forget the script and just go with the heart.

For me, it wasn’t the greatest ‘promo promo’ as far as ‘I’m going to whoop everyone’s ass in the locker room’ promo, which is what I’m looking for a lot of times. It was not that.”

It remains to be seen what Punk’s immediate direction in WWE is going to be, with reports and even a tease within Punk’s promo suggesting that a feud with Seth Rollins could be first.

Regardless, what we do know is when we can expect to see Punk back on WWE TV, that being the Friday, December 8 special Tribute to the Troops edition of SmackDown from Providence, Rhode Island.


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