According to a new report, IMPACT Wrestling is very interest in CM Punk following his AEW exit.
Ahead of the September 2nd episode of Collision, it was announced that AEW had decided to terminate CM Punk’s contract with cause after he was involved in a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at All In the previous week. Tony Khan took responsibility for the decision, saying it was made after unanimous advice from a disciplinary council as well as legal representation.
According to a new update from PWInsider Elite, IMPACT Wrestling is said to be “super excited” about the possibility of working with Punk. However, the report also notes that the notion isn’t necessarily realistic from a long-term perspective. PWInsider does not have any information on whether those within IMPACT have had any conversations with Punk, or whether the star is interested in discussing opportunities with other promotions at this time.
Though no concrete information has been provided and Tony Khan has refused to comment on this specifically, PWInsider notes that CM Punk does not appear to have a non-compete clause.
Will CM Punk Return To WWE?
Elsewhere in the report, PWInsider notes that CM Punk’s potential future was being discussed backstage in WWE “within minutes” of his firing from AEW. Much of the discussion was taking place among top talent, and while some were firmly against the idea of his return, others believe it could be a “chance to make big money.” PWInsider knows of one top talent who was said to be “all for” Punk’s return, but that call isn’t the talent’s to make.
WWE Executives haven’t given much information to PWInsider beyond the fact that they “have a merger to finalize” before talking about bringing in big money talent. Ultimately, Endeavor would be the ones in charge when it comes to whether or not to bring CM Punk back to WWE, and Punk had a good relationship with Endeavor when he worked with UFC in the past.
While Punk’s exit from WWE was a heated one, he did speak with Triple H earlier this year when he visited WWE Raw in Chicago. According to PWInsider, a full-time return isn’t likely, but Punk working a limited schedule for big money matches is “certainly a possibility” if WWE wants to move in that direction.
A recent report from Fightful Select revealed that CM Punk was previously interested in a WWE return at the 2023 Royal Rumble and that Kevin Owens was a name discussed as a potential WrestleMania opponent.