A Hall of Famer has claimed CM Punk in AEW and CM Punk in WWE are two different people.
Despite not wrestling for the first half of 2023, CM Punk has continually been one of the stories of the year. From his return to AEW at Collision, backstage spats, and controversial firing to his subsequent remarkable return to WWE, Punk has been at the centre of the action.
Now that Punk is firmly back in the WWE fold fans have been discussing the differences between his demeanour in AEW compared to his return “home.”
Speaking on Strictly Business, Eric Bischoff reflected on Punk’s WWE return, commenting that he looks like a different person.
“And I’ll tell you honestly. The difference in the answer that question lies in the CM Punk that I saw when he first showed up in AEW. And the CM Punk I saw when he showed up in WWE. Two different people, two different shows two different businesses, two different approaches to the product. One would not draw a dime or increase television revenues, which was true, was absolutely true and accurate. And one, as of right now, two different situations completely. And now the other one is perhaps to answer your question.
Partially, fortuitously, in terms of the timing, going back to the point that I made earlier, you know, All seriousness WBD expressed a strong interest in WWE and its programming going all the way back to the announcement early this year, when the WWE was up for sale, or whatever that was. My opinion. Let me clarify. My strong opinion is that WBD was actively engaged in an attempt to acquire WWE along with Endeavor. So that was the first dot that’s a big dot.
Where WWE is at and negotiations I think the timing of it all I think this conversation would have happened anyway. I think the fact that CM Punk why it’s not even an opinion. The fact that WWE turned around on a dime brought him in and now we’re seeing the heightened level of sh*t going on chatter, if you will. Observation. I don’t know.
I think it’s fortuitous again to just use that word because it’s just I love it when it rolls off my tongue like that. I think it’s a big benefit, but I don’t think it was instrumental. I think it’s a bonus. I think it may accelerate. I think it may ensure a deal where perhaps one may have been tentative previously. But it’s not just it.
Here’s another reason why and this isn’t something that I saw. This is something that was pointed out to me that just rang a bell right. CM Punk didn’t show up. If you go back and look at some of his promos that I did after this individual kind of smart me up.
Punk’s were almost weird in WWE. Uncharacteristic, I’m home. I’m home. I’m home. I mean, it was a lot of effort made on that particular night to send a message to the world that CM Punk was home. That’s another one. I heard that. And this kind of the tone and nature of some of his promos. I think it’s a big benefit, but I don’t think it was the impetus. I don’t think it was a catalyst. I think it’s a benefit.”
CM Punk’s WWE In-Ring Confirmed
It’s been announced that CM Punk will return to the ring at Madison Square Garden on December 26th. The match against Dominik Mysterio will be his first in WWE since January 2014. WWE will also be dusting off a classic stipulation for Cody Rhodes’ match with Shinsuke Nakamura.
You can find the updated card below.
- Seth Rollins (c) vs. Drew McIntyre – World Heavyweight Title
- CM Punk vs. Dominik Mysterio
- Finn Balor & Damian Priest (c) vs. Sami Zayn & Jey Uso – World Tag Team Titles
- Cody Rhodes vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – Texas Bull Rope Match
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