Could CM Punk end up back in WWE?
CM Punk is no longer All Elite after AEW announced that he had been “terminated for cause with immediate effect” following a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at All In. Tony Khan is also believed to have been involved in an incident with Punk and Khan has since claimed that he was left feeling his life was in danger as a result.
As the dust settles on the situation, many are wondering if CM Punk will want to return to a wrestling ring anywhere else, specifically if he’d ever return to WWE.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer gave his thoughts on CM Punk possibly returning to WWE and thinks Punk would at least be well received by the fans if no one else:
“It’s Paul Levesque’s [Triple H] decision and Nick Khan’s decision. I don’t know what they are going to do. If you listen to what people say, they don’t want him back. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want him back, that just means, you know, he didn’t leave on the best of terms and people didn’t like it. But there is still a chance to make money with him. I can see it going either way.
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be what those 2 guys think. I don’t know. I could easily see him saying no, but I could see him saying yes. I know historically with Vince, well Vince did say no to Punk a couple of years ago, but that was a different situation. If it was Vince now, or the old Vince under this circumstance, for sure he’s taking him. He took Ultimate Warrior when he was going to go to WCW. You know, the old Vince, I don’t think there was anyone that he wouldn’t have used if that person could make him money for disciplinary reasons or whatever.
“It’s a different thing when he was out of sight. But now everyone is talking about him and it’s going to hurt AEW if he is on WWE. The idea that he won’t be over [in WWE], Cody Rhodes proved that wrong. And the fans will welcome him back for leaving AEW. It’s like he can go in there as a babyface, they are not going to boo him. You could look at the last year and say we don’t need it, we are doing great.
“If they were not doing well I would say 100% that they would not want to do it but would still do it. Because they are doing well that changes it, but they are still going to sell a lot of merch, there are matches you can do, so we will see.”
When did CM Punk leave WWE?
If CM Punk left AEW under a cloud, it’s not the first time he’s done that when leaving a wrestling company. On the day after the poorly received 2014 Royal Rumble, Punk walked out of WWE with creative frustrations boiling over. Punk was officially released by the company later that same year, receiving his leaving papers on the day of his wedding to his wife AJ Lee.
CM Punk returned to WWE programming in a fashion in November 2019 when he became a contributor on FOX’s WWE Backstage show.
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