Details On CM Punk’s Possible Non-Compete Clause


If CM Punk is looking to make a return to wrestling, the absence could be for an extended period of time.

Following the release from AEW, the two biggest questions on fans’ minds have been whether will Punk return to AEW and how long if any the non-compete clause in Punk’s contract is.

The interesting point of note regarding the release is that Punk was “fired for cause.” This is defined as when the actions of the employee [Punk] have necessitated the employer [AEW] to take action and inform the employee that their services are no longer required.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that if someone is “fired for cause” in a standard WWE contract, then they are not allowed to compete in another promotion for a year. Meltzer however did state that he has no idea what is in an AEW contract and that it is unlikely that a one-year no-compete would actually stand up in court and could be enforced.

No one has yet to shed any light on how long Punk would have to remain off of TV or even if he actually wants to go back to wrestling at all following the events that have occurred in the previous 12 months.

CM Punk Looked To Make WWE Return

In what seemed a near-impossible scenario in 2014 following the departure, it was reported that Punk was eyeing a WWE return, specifically looking to make an appearance in the Royal Rumble match back in January. It was also discussed that this would lead to a WrestleMania program against Kevin Owens later that year.