Before I get into our live experience at Dynamite, let's turn to Page 26 of my WWF history book, "King of New York:"
----Virgil's ill-advised attack on Royal Rumble winner Studd earned himself a thrashing, causing my daughter to remark, "He's beating up the butler!”----
Guess who sat in front of her at Dynamite?
What were the first words out of his mouth? "This isn't a good house. Nobody's getting paid tonight."
Virgil and I also briefly discussed his many Steel City Wrestling junior heavyweight title matches with Lord Zoltan.
My wife and daughter laughed when I sang "Judas" with the rest of the crowd. I didn't realize I knew so many of the words!
It was hilarious to see wrestling shirts and title belts from all eras from '80s WWF to current AEW. Punk had a ton of shirts, and Danhausen was surprisingly well-represented.
The fans fully embraced Mox even though he's a Cincinnati guy, so there was no Browns-Bengals thing going on. However, there was a definite Browns-Steelers thing going on in Baker's match, especially when Rebel brought out the Terrible Towel.
So Punk's history in Cleveland now includes:
Walking out of WWE
Losing his UFC debut
Getting squashed by Mox to lose the AEW title
I told the girls, "The best thing that ever happened to Punk in Cleveland was us picking him up from the airport!"