Friedman and Punk were in a heated war of words that saw both men go to great lengths in order to humiliate each other. While some of the references to WWE were indirect, CM Punk directly mentioned The Miz. It sparked massive discussion among wrestling fans and veterans.
While speaking on the Wooooo Nation podcast, Ric Flair felt that there was no need to mention stars of other promotions to intensify the segment. He did say that he enjoyed the entire promo battle between the two AEW stars though. The WWE Hall of Famer further heaped praise on MJF, notably applauding his promo ability and the way he carries his persona on-screen:
“I thought the segment was good. I didn’t really track that part (On CM Punk name-dropping MIZ). But you’re right, why ever bring up the other company? And I’m saying on behalf of both companies and wrestlers that are WWE or AEW, but I’m a big fan of MJF. The kid can talk, and more than that, he carries himself like a pro, he dresses. You know, I can’t emphasize enough how important in my estimation, it is to look professional and that kid always look sharp,” Ric Flair said.
Miz’s name-drop by CM Punk was so captivating that even WWE tried to recreate it during the promo battle between the returning Edge and The A-Lister. The Rated R Superstar took an indirect shot at the Straight Edge Superstar and AEW, stating they’re using Miz’s name only to get a cheap reaction.
CM Punk will face Lee Moriarty on AEW Dynamite tonight
CM Punk will be in action tonight as he goes up against Lee Moriarty in a singles match. The Second City Saint is undefeated in the singles competition, recently defeating QT Marshall to take his winning streak in AEW to 7-0.
Meanwhile, the 27-year old Moriarty will look to maximize the opportunity in the biggest match of his career so far. It will be interesting to see how the bout between Punk and Moriarty pans out. Whether or not MJF tries to interfere in this match remains to be seen.
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