The Hall Of Fame podcast was an opportunity for Booker T to comment on CM Punk and his return. He put a special accent on the promo. Booker T was aware that CM Punk would have an interesting promo. When you leave the company and come back again, it is difficult to know what kind of reaction you will have from the crowd.
“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,” Booker began.
“It was a pipe-bomb!’. 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”. - Booker T said, as quoted by pwmania.com!
Booker T on CM Punk's promo
Booker T thinks that it is not the greatest promo, but that it had a special emotional note that everyone could notice.
CM Punk was quite emotional. You could feel it in his voice. This will be a chance for a new beginning! "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”.