As speculation regarding CM Punk potentially joining AEW reaches fever pitch, the company have seemingly added a little more fuel to the fire.
Away from his rumoured in-ring return, Punk is set to star in the new wrestling TV drama Heels alongside Stephen Amell. The show which premieres on August 15th on Starz follows the story of two brothers and rivals warring over their late father’s small town wrestling promotion in search of national attention.
As the promotion around the show kicks into gear, and rumours of Punk returning to the ring go into overdrive, AEW shared an article about the show on social media.
Heels is a Family Drama, With Body Slams
Like most wrestling shows, this Starz series suggests that the sport’s most compelling action happens outside of the ring. https://t.co/NZEwC0cNWe
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) August 13, 2021
It should also be noted that one of the show’s stars Stephen Amell, enjoys a longstanding friendship with AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes.
Amell and Rhodes first worked together in WWE in 2015, where the former confronted Rhodes on an episode of RAW. This led to a match at SummerSlam where Amell teamed with Neville (PAC) to take on Stardust (Rhodes) and Wade Barrett. At the time the Arrow star earned plaudits from those within WWE and fans alike for his performance.
The pair reunited along with The Young Bucks in Ring Of Honor in 2017, before Amell made his singles debut at AEW All In a year later. More recently Amell accompanied The American Nightmare to the ring for his match against MJF at AEW Revolution in February 2020.
CM Punk hasn’t wrestled since the 2014 Royal Rumble and his subsequent departure from WWE. However, a recent report has suggested that the former WWE Champion appeared to be in great condition while filming Heels.
The report from Fightful Select noted that sources said Punk looked “completely healthy” and “as if he never left” while working out in the ring.
Speaking in a new interview, Punk finally addressed rumours around his supposed impending return. While the Chicago native admitted that he had spoken to AEW President Tony Khan, he said he has “no interest” in pro wrestling.
CM Punk also commented during the interview that he might be busy with prior commitments when AEW rolls into his hometown on August 20th.