9 AEW and WWE references in CM Punk’s SmackDown promo

CM Punk’s return at Survivor Series: WarGames was enough to cause a stir among the WWE Universe. While his appearance at the Premium Live Event broke several records, he followed it up with a brilliant promo on Monday Night RAW last week. However, Punk delivered his best since his return on the latest edition of SmackDown.

During his appearance on the December 8th edition of the blue brand, the 45-year-old cut a long promo. In this promo, the Best in the World mentioned the names of many superstars, and teased matches with them. This move by CM Punk brought delight to many fans.

In this article, we will look at 9 AEW and WWE references by Punk during his latest promo on SmackDown:

#9. Cody Rhodes

In WWE right now, Cody Rhodes is one of the biggest faces. From cutting important promos, to leading his team to victory at Survivor Series: WarGames, Rhodes always seems to be at the center of things. Hence, it wasn’t surprising to see CM Punk mention him during his promo.

However, Punk’s mention of The American Nightmare was not brief. The 45-year-old simply mentioned he could tell a story about Rhodes, and then abruptly proceeded to change the topic. The reason behind Punk not briefly speaking about Rhodes can be due to him not wanting a feud against Rhodes currently.

#8. Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman

The biggest roar CM Punk generated during his promo on SmackDown was when he mentioned Roman Reigns. First, Punk took a dig at Reigns being inactive, but also made sure to acknowledge him and his achievements. However, the 45-year-old was also quick to remind Reigns of something important.

In his promo, Punk told The Tribal Chief to not forget who the OG Paul Heyman guy was. The former mentioned Heyman was his Wiseman before the latter joined forces with Reigns. This statement by the former AEW star once again garnered a huge pop.

#7. Solo Sikoa

Despite being very young in his career, Solo Sikoa has already made a name for himself in WWE. From being part of The Bloodline to beating John Cena one on one, Sikoa has come a long way in his career. The 30-year-old was also acknowledged by CM Punk tonight.

During his promo on SmackDown, Punk mentioned that while Roman Reigns was not present in the arena, his cousins were. The former AEW star then mentioned Sikoa’s name, and called him a tough son of a gun. Naturally, this is a big deal for The Bloodline members.

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