As AEW Rampage ‘The First Dance’ edges ever closer, rumours surrounding CM Punk potentially returning to the ring refuse to go away.
Reports first emerged on July 21st that CM Punk was potentially heading back to pro wrestling for the first time since 2014. While there has been no official comment from either party, AEW appears to be the Chicago natives’ most likely destination.
The speculation only increased on the July 28th edition of AEW Dynamite when it was announced that AEW Rampage would be heading to Chicago’s United Center on August 20th. This was followed by Darby Allin seemingly referencing Punk in a promo. Although the former TNT Campion has since dismissed this suggestion.
Speaking in a new interview with Spencer Love, Jeff Jarrett has now had his say on the situation. Jarrett’s past as a wrestler, promoter, producer and everything in between, makes him arguably perfectly placed to comment on the speculation.
First and foremost, Jarrett said that he was excited to see CM Punk maybe getting back inside the ropes.
“You know, Punk, as a performer or promoter [what] I’m most excited about is [that] to say that absence makes the heart grow fonder pretty much goes for everyone. In this type of scenario, it’s been a minute since he’s stepped into the world of professional wrestling with people. [He did] the UFC and that, but him re-entering the industry and yes, he did some FOX stuff, but I mean, what you’re tabling here? It’s gonna be a special moment because not many times do you see a guy that rose to his heights that dipped out and is now returning.”
“The curiosity factor alone is through the roof, and then, it is how’s it going to be done? [How’s] the timing going to be done? Who’s going to be that first opponent? How’s the crowd going to accept him, or his opponent, or the story? Just all those kinds of things. And then, when I put on my executive producer cap, you start thinking.”
Expanding further, the Hall of Famer reflected on the current state of the wrestling business as a whole. Double J explained that the nature of the industry means that something is always going on, adding that wrestling is currently “super red hot.”
“I mean, it’s one of those things, and I went into this couple of weeks ago on the podcast, our industry is so cool, and I think it’s one of the biggest things that attracts me. 52 weeks a year, and look, yes, I saw somebody said people need time off. I agree. But, the content being produced 52 weeks a year is fantastic. There’s always next week. So, what’s happening next week, is Punk coming next week, or the following week, or the following week? No matter what happens, we’re all gonna sit back and either praise it or whatever it may be. But, then, there’s going to be the next week, and then the next week. That’s kind of really cool. I’m excited. Like I said just a second ago, the business in so many ways, is super red hot. I couldn’t be more excited.”
One wrestler who is definitely returning to the ring during SummerSlam weekend is Samoa Joe. While the former NXT Champion has made his presence felt on the black and gold brand in recent weeks he’s yet to appear in the ring. However, that all changes at NXT TakeOver: 36 when Joe takes on Karrion Kross.
Speaking to Inside The Ropes’ very own Gary Cassidy back in May, Jeff Jarrett was full of praise for the Samoan Submission Machine, with the former Intercontinental Champion describing Joe as a “unique and incredible talent.”