CM Punk has offered up a short response in reply to what Dax Harwood said on a recent podcast about Punk possibly returning to AEW some day.
It was after AEW All Out in September when CM Punk went on a post-show press conference rant about Colt Cabana, “Hangman” Adam Page and AEW’s EVPs The Elite – Kenny Omega, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson.
When The Elite heard about what Punk said, they confronted him in his locker room and that led to a fight. Punk’s friend and now former AEW Producer Ace Steel threw a chair that gave Nick a black eye while Steel also bit Omega in the arm. Punk was apparently getting into a fistfight with Matt even though Punk suffered a torn triceps during the All Out match where he won the AEW World Title from Jon Moxley.
Following the fight, everybody involved was suspended with The Elite trio missing about two months of AEW television before their return at Full Gear in November. Steel was fired by AEW for his actions while Punk is out for at least eight months after surgery for a torn triceps. AEW’s Tony Khan refuses to talk about Punk when asked while there are reports that his contract may be bought out some day although Punk apparently remains under contract to AEW for now. Some AEW talents believe that Punk is no longer part of the company.
“Everyone knows about the legalities of the situation and no one is really expressing what is going to happen, what has happened, and what won’t happen. I can tell you, all I can be truthful about, I can only tell you what I know and what I perceive to know, I hope that he comes back.”
“Regardless of what any of us think personally, I know that we all want to be the best and I know we all want the best for professional wrestling. It’s given us a life that we could never have otherwise.”
“This is my plea to all four guys. Please find a way to make it work. If we can make it work, we can set up the future of professional wrestling for a long time and we can change the course of professional wrestling for a very long time.”
“When you think about it, unselfishly, we’re doing this for 20-30 years down the road so guys and girls can make a living.”
Following the news of what Harwood said on his podcast, CM Punk went on Instagram with this short reply with thanks to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful for the image.
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) December 29, 2022
What “Duh” means could be different things to different people. It could be Punk’s way of saying that maybe one day he will work out his problems with The Elite, but it could also mean it won’t happen any time soon.
As we head into 2023, Punk’s future in pro wrestling remains a mystery.