With reports that CM Punk will soon be ready and “available” for AEW to use him if they see fit, rumours about a return have begun to swirl once more.
The star hasn’t been featured on AEW programming since his infamous appearance at the post-All Out media scrum back in September. However, he remains under contract with the promotion so a comeback cannot be completely ruled out.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Mark Henry has claimed that if he was in charge he would bring Punk back into the fold. Interestingly, this wouldn’t involve an apology, just a “stating of the facts.”
“If I was in charge, I would bring him back and I would bring him back with him saying to the wrestling world, not an apology, but just state the facts. ‘Grown men will disagree and things will be said that probably shouldn’t have been said and I regret airing my dirty laundry in front of the world. It won’t happen again. Do we agree on everything? No. Can we work together and exist and have a business relationship? Yes. I will not let my personal feelings, my personal gripes, and concerns interfere with business again, because ultimately, the important thing is business and I am the business and business is good. AEW is better with me around.’”
As a result of the brawl following All Out, all involved, including The Elite were suspended pending an investigation, although they have since returned to work. Henry revealed that those who have been brought back have already given an apology to the locker room. He went on to break down why he feels Punk should also be brought back.
“When they were going through the NXT-AEW wars, those were the people that were foundationally that company. I can see them siding with the top guys in there. They look at it as those are our guys.
Everybody else that came in is great acquisitions to help the business go forward, but like you said, Jade Cargill, Will Hobbs, and FTR and certain people were like, ‘Man, I don’t give a sh*t what Punk did. I think he’s good for business. He helped me. He mentored me It’s good for business, but as you said, there are people that weren’t raised in a regime in the way that we were raised. So they’re going to have a clicky, our guy mentality, rather than listen, ‘What does Tony want? What’s good for business? What’s going to make dollars? What’s going to put asses in seats?’ That’s the ultimate thing.”
Mark Henry Comments On CM Punk’s Locker Room Standing
During the conversation, Henry also touched on how CM Punk is viewed within the locker room. When asked whether the locker room was better off without Punk in it, the veteran stated that much like himself, Punk was an outsider given that he wasn’t an AEW original.
H/t to WrestlingNews.Co