In a recent interview with Joey G of Wrestling Headlines, former AEW star Bobby Fish revealed why he (sort of) kicked out of CM Punk’s GTS during an episode of AEW Dynamite.
For those who didn’t see, Punk hit the GTS and pinned Fish, who would kick out just after the count of three, rather than staying down as usual.
“The match that I had with Punk, where things go wonky at the end of that match with the kick out on the GTS, which isn’t even his move. That’s me giving into my desire to be a little bit petty in that regard. It’s KENTA’s move and you didn’t even have the decency to change the name. Regardless, the confusion at the end of our match was the fact that he did what’s called ‘the office’ or an ‘iggy.’ This is some inside baseball stuff here. He did that before the three count was over.
“Having been in the business for a long time, I recognize what that is and have done it myself to somebody to say, in our way, ‘whatever, good match.’ He did it before the three count was over. That’s also a way to alert your opponent that, ‘Hey, let’s change something.’ In that moment, I can liken it to what Tony Khan might have been feeling when he’s going off on the EVPs. You don’t know what to do. In that moment, I know for myself, I had to make a split-second decision, couldn’t weigh out this or that. I had to kick out or not kick out and lose the moment forever. I kicked out.”
Fish went on to suggest perhaps Triple H or Vince McMahon would have dealt with CM Punk’s media scrum outburst in a different way, and that he feels bad for AEW President Tony Khan.
“Only reason I bring it up is because we’re talking about it and I do want to extend some grace to Tony in that regard, just because I’ve been there. To be caught in that position, he definitely should have reacted differently, Hunter [Triple H] or Vince McMahon would have potentially folded Phil like a wet nap in that moment, which is probably the right reaction.
“In Tony’s defense, that might not be his personality. Here it is, in this moment, he’s hitched the cart of his company to the back of this guy, given him not only a lot of money, but a lot of trust, and you’re kind of shitting all over that right next to him. It’s a sucky position for everyone.”
Fish left AEW at the end of August 2022, as the two sides were unable to agree a new deal.
i wonder why CM Punk doesn’t like Bobby Fish… oh yeah! pic.twitter.com/50NWEcJMxR
— MO MO (@MOMO_KIR64) September 9, 2022
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.
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