CM Punk enjoys eliciting emotional responses from professional wrestling fans.
He accomplished exactly that on Saturday night.
On Saturday evening, “The Best in the World” defeated Eddie Kingston in one of the most anticipated bouts on the AEW Full Gear 2021 pay-per-view, which was broadcast live from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Following the night, Punk addressed to the media about dedicating the match to Eddie Guerrero and how the Three Amigos tribute spot was implemented during the match.
He also highlighted how the “Five Moves of Doom” sequence, which included the running shoulder blocks on Kingston, as well as the side slam and the hand gesture for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, was a nod to John Cena.
An excerpt from the scrum is included below, in which he discusses this and other topics.
“I have one boss when I’m in the ring and I often like to say, ‘I have no boss when I’m in the ring,’ but the truth is it’s the people, and I listen to them. Sometimes I go with the flow and sometimes I take it places. Regardless of the seven-year gap, I’ve been doing this for a minute. To me, it’s fun just to f*ck with people. That’s the whole juice for me. It’s getting different reactions and kind of getting to play with that. 16 years ago today we lost Eddie Guerrero and I just thought, ‘Man, I’m wrestling a dude tonight named Eddie, how great is it going to be when I hear them chanting for Eddie?’ In my head, I’m just going to be thinking about Eddie Guerrero. So, I get to play with emotions and stuff like that because I feel — They’re chanting for Eddie, I’ll go ahead and give them Three Amigos. Is that not what you want? I never expect to get booed or get cheered. I have a pretty good idea and what I think what I’m really excellent at is reading the room. Again, pulling back the curtain, it’s one of the reasons — Friday ago when me and Eddie did the promo in the ring, I didn’t want people to see me or him until tonight because I didn’t want to go and influence them, either way, more than we did. Let’s just let the chips lay where they are and Saturday we’ll go out there and see what’s what. That’s what we did.”