CM Punk made no secret of his thoughts about Hulk Hogan in a revealing new interview with Barstool Rasslin'.
Discussing star power in wrestling along with his thoughts about how to use his own in AEW, Punk said (h/t to WrestlingInc);
“It’s like the kids say, there’s levels to this, and you don’t know until you ascend to those levels...and one of the things I’ve always hated about the wrestling business is, there’s exceptions to the rule, some people are good about it, but there’s always been people who have gotten to a certain level, and they’re almost taught and the culture is fostered for them to believe that they need to make sure nobody else gets to that level.They don’t want anybody to ‘steal their spot’. You throwing my name in the hat with somebody like Steve Austin, who’s arguably biggest star the business has ever seen. A lot of this is subjective, though. You can make the argument, ‘Oh, no, well, Hulk Hogan is a bigger star than Steve Austin,’ but then you look at business periods, and eras, and box office receipts and all that other stuff. I think Hogan’s a piece of sh*t, so obviously, I’m gonna be like, ‘Steve Austin, yay.’ What it what it feels like. I don’t have the words to describe what it feels like. What I know I feel like is I want to help everybody on the AEW roster f*cking get there. That’s what I know.”
It's not the first time Punk's had some choice takes on 'The Hulkster'. Back in 2019, they weren't as sweetly contextualised with wrestling's future, but it's refreshing to note that Punk's not lost his edge despite his revised new platform.