CM Punk isn’t a sneaker guy, but he understands what sneaker culture means to some fans.
CM Punk recently appeared on Complex’s “Sneaker Shopping” and spoke about the reasoning behind writing messages on the midsole of his shoes for his first appearances on All Elite Wrestling lineup. Punk wrote “AC” and “CF” on his shoes when he debuted on Rampage, then wrote “BD” and “BW” on his sneakers for his Dynamite debut, which has led many fans to believe that it was a message or a match for the future. free agents arriving in AEW.
Punk spoke to Complex about how he enjoys having fun with people, but praised AEW fans for their dedication and said it’s just another way to share that connection with them.
“I think one of the great things, the connection that AEW wrestlers have with the fans is special. I like to fuck with people, you know what I mean? I like to have fun and throw little “Easter eggs” here and there. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I watched punk bands and they wore another punk band’s shirt, because it’s not about [the attitude] “I have to be a better group and hold everyone back.” It’s about the high tide that lifts all the boats and everyone is trying to help everyone, and everyone is so excited to come to these AEW shows, ”Punk explained,“ the fans are so in. every wrestler coming through the curtain, I’m just trying to have fun with that, honestly.
“I’m scribbling on my shoes and people are trying to decode it all,” he noted, “it just gives another layer of the connection we have with our fans, and it’s fun.”
Punk was also asked why he chose Vans to wear on AEW TV (he wore a red pair of Ultrarange Exo Vans in the August 25 episode Dynamite, his debut), and he explained why he ultimately had decided to change things up and what the brand meant to him.
“Again, I’ve never really been a big shoemaker, but having to be on TV every week, I guess I can’t wear the same pair of shoes. My wife wore Converse, I didn’t want to go that route and Vans, I remember being a skate shoe, when I was a little skate kid. And for me, if I had a style, it would be this one. It’s a little simpler and when they put color in certain things, it really jumps out. I just remember all the skateboarders who wore Vans and that was mostly it.
CM Punk did not reveal what “BD” and “BW” mean, but has since explained what “AC” and “CF” mean. Read more about his explanation of the meaning of these messages on this link.
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