In an interview with talkSPORT, Cody Rhodes discussed Konnan’s recent comments on his podcast that the reason AEW wasn’t able to sign CM Punk was because Punk asked for a massive amount of money. Cody confirmed that Punk did ask for a lot of money, but that he thinks it isn’t about the money with Punk, noting that they continue to have a good relationship with him and perhaps something will work out in the future. Highlights are below.
On CM Punk asking for a lot of money from AEW: As far as the CM Punk negotiations go, everyone heard the famous he got a text from us. Yeah, of course there were negotiations and he did ask for a great amount of money and Punk is worth a great deal of money. But you also have to and this isnt speaking to Punk specifically, this is speaking to recruitment and what weve learned in wrestling in general a lot of people think these wrestlers are running this wrestling company. These wrestlers are doing everything they can to run the creative, the brand and the marketing and things, but there are some very smart and fiscally conservative people who surround us and flank us because this isnt my money. At all.”
On how he doesn’t think negotiations with Punk ever got too serious: “And I dont want a situation that happened with WCW or Jim Crockett promotions where we think were flying so high that we can do anything. No this is a business. And we have to turn a profit. The fact we were able to turn a profit as a company within only two years of being alive, very few other companies within wrestling its real limited, you can count on one hand whos been able to do that versus who has bled money but in that situation the negotiations, I dont think they ever got too serious.
On how he has a good relationship with Punk: Doesnt mean they wont one day, but they never got entirely too serious. I think there is a good relationship there. I think I have a good relationship with Phil, I believe Tony does too and Im not sure really when it comes to him, its not so much about the money. Its about are you interested in doing this?
On how AEW is willing to spend on guys who have the passion: Because the price tag becomes a lot more justifiable if youre genuinely interested in what were doing at the high speed were doing it. And again, thats not even specific to him, just in general, if the passion is not there, the money is not there.