“WWE Backstage,” a show that ran from November 2019 to January 2021 on FS1, was known for its unique mix of wrestling insight and entertainment. It featured hosts Renee Paquette and Booker T, occasionally joined by special guests. One of those notable guests was CM Punk, who made his return to the wrestling scene during this period.
In the wake of CM Punk’s recent exit from AEW, Booker T took a moment to reminisce about his time working alongside Punk on the “Hall of Fame” podcast. He offered some candid insights into their professional relationship during their tenure on “WWE Backstage.”
A Professional Connection
Booker T noted that while he and Punk weren’t particularly close, they managed to collaborate effectively. He described Punk as “easy to work with” but mentioned that Punk had a somewhat reserved demeanor.
“Punk, he was easy to work with, but he was kind of standoffish,” Booker T explained. “You know, him and I, him and I were, you know, acquaintances, and I guess we would be called what in the workplace? Co-workers. Yeah, coworkers, and we handled business, just like what you said a second ago. You don’t really have to like who you’re working with to work with them, you know.”
Booker T likes to keep It professional
Booker T elaborated on the nature of their professional relationship. While they may not have shared a close personal bond, they were committed to their roles on the show and worked together harmoniously.
“I don’t think CM Punk, you know, looked at me as one of his buddies or anything like that. I’ve never been one of the guys to call CM Punk on the phone. CM Punk and I, we’ve never broken bread or anything like that. And it’s one of those deals where I understand that he understands that, and we both play our roles. We play our roles to the best of our ability, I think, on that show, I think that’s what happened. He didn’t get in my way. I didn’t get in his way, and I think that’s the way it should always be when you’re working in the workplace,” said the Hall of Famer.
In the world of professional wrestling, where dynamics can be complex, Booker T’s reflections provide a glimpse into how he and CM Punk maintained a professional and respectful working relationship on “WWE Backstage.”
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