CM Punk has been the name on everyone’s lips in the wrestling world over the last few days, with a new report shining more light on his possible return to the ring.
Fightful Select first reported that AEW will most likely be Punk’s destination should the talks lead to the former world champion making a comeback.
Fightful adds that while there is no confirmation over a contract being signed, a timetable for a return, or any kind of creative plans, they can confirm Punk has been speaking to a company about a return. Punk has also reportedly been the subject of interest from companies other than AEW since fans have begun to return to shows across the board.
The report goes on to say that WWE believes that Punk is AEW bound.
Fightful has not officially confirmed this report with CM Punk himself or All Elite Wrestling officials. We have been told in recent days that higher ups in WWE believe that Punk is headed to AEW.
“Going back to May I had been told that there were four signings, two somewhat big and two huge but none of them were signed. But there was confidence that they would be signed. I knew that two of them were Aleister Black and [Bryan] Danielson. I knew that they were two that were being talked to, that they really wanted. The other two I presumed were Punk and Andrade – pretty sure of Andrade. Punk was a name that had been floating around, it fit the category. I mean, as far as guys that fit the category that were also available – you know, it’s not a long list when you’re talking about giant superstars that are free agents. Who is there that can wrestle? These are going to be wrestlers. There’s CM Punk, Dave Bautista, and Brock Lesnar.”
“I knew it wasn’t gonna be Dave Bautista because he’s in Hollywood and he’ll never go against Vince. Although people have said that before, Jericho said that too and he was there. But Batista, when the whole thing started with AEW he made it very clear that he was not interested when people had talked to Batista from the start. And Lesnar is a free agent but I just felt that from a cost standpoint there’s no way that Lesnar made any sense. So that left Punk as the guy but I didn’t know Punk for sure, but I did hear that they were talking and they are or were. No one’s denied anything as far as anything goes.”
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.
As recently as April Punk poured cold water on rumours that he may ever return to the ring saying that wrestling wasn’t his world anymore.
CM Punk’s wrestling career began back in the late 1990s 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. The straight edge star went on to win the Money In The Bank ladder match twice, the Intercontinental Championship as well as multiple world titles before an acrimonious split from the company in 2014.