As expected, TNT issued a press release on the huge number of Rampage which featured the return of CM Punk.
The show had the largest 18-49 demo for an AEW show since the premiere episode of Dynamite back on October 2, 2019 as well as the largest 18-34 demo number since the November 13, 2019 episode of Dynamite.
“You could feel the joy and unabashed enthusiasm for CM Punk on Friday’s ‘Rampage’ episode – that type of fan connection is what it’s all about,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager TBS, TNT and truTV. “Tony Khan continues to elevate the AEW Franchise with smart choices that come from a deep passion and appreciation for wrestling. It’s impossible to not get pulled into the pure fandom of the moment and to be a fan of the world that he has created. This is the exact type of entertainment that we love being the home for.”
Sam Linsky, Associate General Manager, SVP Programming and Operations, TBS, TNT and truTV, added, “CM Punk is the perfect star to take AEW to the next level. He’s an icon who has already added to his amazing legacy with an incredible arrival and passionate, heartfelt promo on Rampage. As a fan and an executive at TNT, I can’t wait to see what he has to say on ‘Dynamite’ this Wednesday.”
AEW President Tony Khan said that the debut of CM Punk made professional wrestling history and it was an emotional moment that created a memory of a lifetime.
“I’m grateful for the support of wrestling fans worldwide! I’m also grateful to TNT, who gave us amazing support promoting ‘AEW Rampage: The First Dance,’ and wrestling fans responded with unprecedented massive viewership on Friday night, as well as new all-time highs for live fan attendance and merchandise sales. We look forward to CM Punk’s first ever live interview on ‘AEW: Dynamite’ this Wednesday, and we’re only getting started.”