CM Punk made a recent visit to IMPACT Wrestling recently, which has led to some speculation that he may have a future there.
It has been over a month since All Elite Wrestling fired CM Punk “with cause” due to a backstage fight with Jack Perry. In addition to that, Punk’s actions towards AEW CEO Tony Khan apparently scared Khan enough that he went on national television on AEW Collision to say that “my life was in danger.”
Since being fired by AEW, there have been plenty of rumors about CM Punk possibly going back to WWE, which is where he worked from 2006 until walking out in January 2014.
The latest update on CM Punk possibly going to WWE is that WWE “tuned him down” at least for now. That’s certainly something that could change in the future.
On Sunday, CM Punk visited IMPACT Wrestling (which will be renamed TNA in January 2024) on Sunday for a television taping at Cicero Stadium in Chicago. One night earlier, IMPACT Wrestling had their Bound for Glory PPV, which Punk didn’t attend since he was at the Chicago Blackhawks NHL game.
CM Punk working for Impact Wrestling is a long shot, but there are some possibilities
In an update on Punk’s status, Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select once again stated that Punk going to Impact is likely a longshot. It was also reported that Punk enjoyed his time visiting Impact and got along with a lot of people there. The original report of Punk being backstage at this week’s taping noted that he was seen as very helpful.
Punk’s good friend Ace Steel, who actually trained Punk to wrestle about 25 years ago, was brought into Impact as a Producer wrestler. Some people have viewed Impact signing Steel as a way to try to get Punk to sign with the company as well.
It was also noted by Fightful that Punk could certainly decide one day that he wanted to wrestle the likes of Josh Alexander or the Motor City Machine Guns (Impact World Champion Alex Shelley and X-Division Champion Chris Sabin) and perhaps he would be willing to do it under the right circumstances.
Lastly, it was noted by Fightful that Punk in AEW was “annually making about 15-20 times what a lot of the top IMPACT wrestlers were making” so those financial reasons could be what keeps Impact from being a serious contender to try to sign Punk.