The opening match at All In 2023 featured a fierce showdown between CM Punk and Samoa Joe. This highly exciting bout, although intense, was perceived by WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff as having a slightly slower start compared to the rest of the event.
The main event of All In began with CM Punk defending his “real” AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe, following the Zero Hour pre-show. The match was a back-and-forth affair, with both wrestlers paying homage to legends like John Cena and Hulk Hogan.
During a recent commentary on his podcast, 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff criticized the championship fight for lacking energy. He specifically mentioned how Punk appeared fatigued right from the beginning of the match because of the way he sold Joe’s moves.
“I thought the match was slow-paced. I thought it didn’t have a lot of energy. I thought Punk started looking gassed after about two minutes in, and I don’t think he was, by the way. I just think he was selling like he had a marathon two hours before he decided to wrestle Joe, and it’s just the pace of it I thought was surprisingly slow.” [8:26 – 8:48]
Eric Bishoff had huge expectations from AEW All In’s opening match
During their tenure in Ring of Honor, CM Punk and Samoa Joe engaged in a fierce and memorable rivalry. They delivered numerous classic matches as part of this program. Eric Bischoff, a notable wrestling personality, expressed his great anticipation for their final match at All In.
The Hall of Famer also commended The Samoan Submission Machine for their impressive in-ring skills and compelling character work.
“I’ll admit part of that was because my expectations were [a] little out of whack. I have never seen [sic] Punk-Joe history, and I understand they’ve had really good matches in the past. I am a huge fan of Samoa Joe as a human being [and] as a character. So I was really excited, I wanted to put it over, you know, and I am. It was solid it was good. I just thought it was a little awkward to start the show with something [sic] this slower pace.” [8:49 – 11:10]
Bischoff gave Punk and Joe’s title match a rating of six out of ten. Punk, also known as the Second City Saint, successfully defended his gold by executing the Pepsi Plunge on ROH’s World Television Champion.
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