Following reports that CM Punk is currently in talks with AEW over a return to the squared circle, it has emerged that another company also contacted the former WWE Champion.
In an update from Fightful Select, it is noted that Punk’s former home Ring Of Honor reached out to him in January of last year. The report notes that Marty Scurll, who worked for the company at the time, asked for the company to reach out. Although, clearly conversations between the parties didn’t result in anything concrete.
However, the report closes by saying that their sources had said that opponents and creative were apparently more important to Punk than dollars and cents.
“People in Ring of Honor that heard of the conversations say that they were told that story, opponents and general plans were more important than dollars offered.”
The bombshell was dropped on July 21st that CM Punk was in talks with an unnamed company, believed to be AEW, over a return to the ring.
CM Punk hasn’t wrestled since the 2014 Royal Rumble and his subsequent departure from WWE. The former world champion later tried his hand at Mixed Martial Arts, losing both contests in UFC. However, the latter of these has since been overturned.
CM Punk’s wrestling career began back in late 1990’s with the Chicago native later signing with Ring Of Honor in 2002. Following a now legendary run with the promotion, Punk signed with WWE in 2005. During his time with ROH, Punk clashed with the likes of Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan. Who incidentally has reportedly already signed a deal with AEW.
On the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio,Dave Meltzer noted that he’s heard that AEW were planning four signings. Two he knew were Daniel Bryan and Aleister Black with the others being Andrade and CM Punk.