In the guinness world records 2021 it was revealed that CM Punk’s debut in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) drew a huge crowd reaction.
It was a moving experience. (Photo courtesy of AEW)
Wrestling fans already knew CM Punk’s AEW Rampage debut would go down in history, and Guinness World Records appears to agree.
The organization, which bills itself as the “global authority on record-breaking accomplishments,” heard about the former WWE superstar’s spectacular comeback to wrestling after a seven-year hiatus, and someone there was blown away by the Chicago audience.
Guinness World Records originally remarked on a video of the amazing event on YouTube, saying, “Biggest wrestling pop world record anyone???”
Naturally, many fans agreed and demanded that the organization make it official, but it seems that it isn’t quite that easy.
‘This isn’t something we would be able to monitor properly but wow was that reaction insane,’ they wrote in response to a fan on Twitter who posted the response and said they were already ‘considering’ ranking it as the greatest pro-wrestling pop of all time.
They are not mistaken.
Punk was obviously taken aback by the scenario, and All Elite Wrestling has published backstage video from the beginning of this week’s edition of YouTube program Being The Elite, in which he can be seen reacting as his music plays and the audience erupts in applause.
The Voice of the Voiceless can be seen waiting for Cult of Personality to drop as supporters scream his name, and as soon as the riff strikes, he begins going up the stairs.
He looks back and jokes to the folks behind the camera, asking whether the response is for him, before turning around and hesitating for a little time before going up to the curtain.
AEW and Tony Khan should do the sensible thing and release a documentary of what happened on behind the scenes on Friday, even if it was just presented as the opening to Being The Elite.
His presence has already caused shockwaves across the business, with AEW hoping to cash in after Punk vs. Darby Allin was announced for All-Out on September 5 and Rampage had a US TV rating of over one million viewers.
As the emotional moment unfolded on Friday night, stars from Vince McMahon’s business and beyond all responded.
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While Bully Ray posted a picture of lightning in a bottle and AEW’s Dr. Britt Baker replaced her D.M.D. catchphrase with ‘CM Punk,’ WWE’s MVP tweeted: ‘Professional wrestling can be SO amazing.’
Even other organizations joined in on the action, with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) praising AEW and Punk for the historic occasion, demonstrating true togetherness in the contemporary environment.
‘Can we just say we adore ALL of pro wrestling history?’ said the company’s official Twitter account. Thanks to @AEW/@CMPunk for putting on a show tonight. This will go down in history. We plan on doing the same thing next weekend. #AEWRampage’
*CM Punk will make his AEW Dynamite debut on Fite TV at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25.
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- ashrita furman