The wrestling world was whipped into a frenzy last month when reports emerged linking CM Punk with AEW in a shocking return to the ring for the former WWE Champion. While Tony Khan has remained tight-lipped about the speculation, the company’s first World Champion, Chris Jericho, has shared his thoughts.
Speaking exclusively with Inside The Ropes’Kenny McIntosh about his new book The Complete List of Jericho, former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho revealed whether he’d like to see Punk in AEW.
“Well, I mean, the short answer is, ‘Of course.’ I mean, he’s one of the few guys out there that has has this mythology surrounding him because he hasn’t wrestled so long.”
When speaking of that mythology, Jericho listed three other talents who CM Punk falls into the same bracket as – and one other who will never return, in his estimation.
“Take Punk out of the equation. Sting is with us now. Edge is back in WWE. Christian is with us. But you take, other than that, guys who haven’t wrestled for a long time, he’s probably at the top of the list, unless you’re going to throw Steve Austin in there and you know Steve’s not going to come back.”
The inaugural AEW World Champion remained coy about whether CM Punk will appear inside an AEW ring, but did mention the sell-out show at the United Center and how much “buzz” already surrounds All Elite Wrestling regardless of any potential future acquisitions.
“So, it would create a huge buzz that would add to the already huge buzz that we have, and I think just the fact that 12,000 tickets sold at the United Center without one name even being announced, or one match even being announced, shows just how much anticipation there is for all of these things. So, yeah, we’ll see what happens.”
Jericho added that he “knows nothing” about the potential of CM Punk joining him in AEW, but spoke of the company’s position right now.
“And I honestly, really don’t know. It’s something that I know nothing about. Obviously, it’s intriguing and I’ll be watching along with everybody else to see what happens. But we’ve got great momentum without Punk and we’ll have great momentum continuing without him, and great momentum with him if he shows up. So either way, I think we’ve built ourselves up into a great position right now.”
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