Jim Ross expects to see CM Punk in a wrestling ring again.
CM Punk’s turbulent time in AEW came to an end six days after his final bout in the company at All In. The damage was done by the time Punk came to the ring in Wembley Stadium, however, as he was involved in a physical altercation backstage with Jack Perry before the show began. That led to both men being suspended with Punk eventually being “terminated for cause with immediate effect” one day before All Out in Chicago.
On his Grilling JR podcast, AEW announcer Jim Ross was asked if he sees CM Punk doing something else in the wrestling business following his firing and Ross thinks the star is too good not to:
“I hope so, and I think it’ll probably happen. I just don’t have any leads or any dirt. He’s still young enough and hungry enough I think to go out and grab those big paydays. I just don’t know where or when. Obviously, one would assume, that’s all I’m doing, one would assume that CM Punk’s next destination could be WWE. But there’s no guarantee of that, either. I don’t know how they left it.
“Then when you go through a big turnover like WWE did this week with the Endeavor thing being finalized, you never know. I’m gonna miss him because I enjoy being around him, and we have such a small crew that comes on Saturday night. It’s a pretty unique environment, Collision nights. A whole lot less people are there.
“He’s too good not to use his skills. But I don’t know. He’s a different cat, as everybody knows. That’s not a revelation, either.”
WWE President Nick Khan commented on CM Punk
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi recently reached out to Nick Khan to ask about WWE’s interest in a potential CM Punk return. While he didn’t reveal whether or not the company would entertain the notion of his return, Khan did express great respect for Punk’s accomplishments in both WWE and UFC:
“Listen, we only have respect for Phil. We appreciate his run here. We appreciate what he did and tried to do with the UFC. Not many people can actually get in there and do what he did. So, when we have respect for Phil, we wish him nothing but the best.”
While many have discussed the possibility of Punk one day again gracing a WWE ring, one report suggests that the decision will ultimately be down to Khan and Triple H.