AEW is in the news as much for the post-show media scrum for All Out as it is for the event itself. CM Punk is making headlines for his appearance at the press conference. He spoke on a wide range of topics, including details about the foot injury that took him out of action.
Shortly after winning the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing, Punk had to vacate the title due to an injury he sustained. You can read highlights and watch the full video of the media scrum below:
On how he suffered the injury: “I did the stage dive, what an idiot. I must have hit my foot on the top of the guard rail, but I didn’t feel it. You would think that shit would hurt, but people caught me, put me back down. I waited for FTR, it just didn’t feel right. I thought I just whacked it, but then I wrestled on it, blew a springboard, came off the top with a double axe, did all this shit. What I eventually did was, yeah, I fractured my foot, but then I pulverized the bone. Surgery was supposed to be an hour, it wound up being four a half (hours). I got three plates and 16 screws in my foot, and I essentially have a new foot now. It is 100%, but it’s a new 100%. Every day, I rehab. This is the worst injury I’ve ever had. I was in the bedroom for two weeks and it was really hard for me because I wanted to have this great summer, do good for Tony, sell tickets, draw money and ratings.”
On his recovery procedure and process: “The rehab… I could tell you how hard and painful and grueling it was, but I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. I was doing two and a half hours of rehab, plus, once they told me I could bike, I was biking my life away. Then I would go to the gym later and lift weights. I was trying to bust my ass to hurry up. Not necessarily hurry up to get back, but hurry up and get healthy. If I’m not healthy, I’m no good to anybody. It was really tough. If I was 23, it would have been a hard injury because I literally couldn’t do anything, trying to get around on crutches, up and down stairs. It was pretty bad and depressing.”