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KENTA Calls Out CM Punk

CM Punk

KENTA wants CM Punk, and he wants the world to know that he’s ready for the former WWE Champion.

In recent weeks speculation has increased ten-fold regarding CM Punk and a potential return to professional wrestling. It was first reported on July 21st that Punk was in talks over an in-ring return, while it was believed that he was speaking with AEW.

Although details remain scarce, the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite did little to quell the rumours. After it was announced that AEW Rampage would be coming to the United Center in Chicago on August 20th, Darby Allin appeared to take aim at Punk.

While Allin has since tried to distance himself from Punk, one star who is leaving no room for confusion is KENTA.

There is no love lost between the pair after Punk admitted to stealing KENTA’s ‘Go To Sleep’ finishing manoeuvre, while he was still in WWE. Since that moment in 2012, the New Japan star has had his sights set firmly on Chicago native.

As speculation continues around Punk’s return to the ring, KENTA has a simple message. “Give me CM Punk.”

Interestingly KENTA has previously appeared in AEW. The man formerly known as Hideo Itami in WWE, made a surprise appearance at Beach Break in February attacking Jon Moxley. The following week KENTA made his in-ring debut teaming with Kenny Omega to take on Moxley and Lance Archer.

While KENTA might have his eye on one potential AEW star, one AEW signee also has his eye on KENTA. Speaking in a new interview, Malakai Black revealed that he’d like to go to Japan to take on the former NXT Superstar.

“One of the things I would really like is to compete against KENTA in Japan in his own setting. Not in a WWE-oriented setting. Not that there was anything bad about it. But I would like to see what him and me could do without that environment, without people giving us cues and direction and basically just go ‘what do we really want to do?’ And that’s something I really want to have answered at some point.”

Meanwhile, the July 20th AEW Rampage show from Chicago sold out in a matter of minutes.