Some within WWE are concerned that a planned match between Roman Reigns and CM Punk might never make it to the ring.
With CM Punk safely tucked back under the WWE umbrella and reportedly excited about the future, attention has begun to turn to what’s next. After all, Punk’s a wrestler, and at some point, he’s going to have to lace up his boots and get to work.
On November 28th it was reported that CM Punk will first face Seth Rollins, and there are also plans for him to take on Roman Reigns. However, it seems that not everyone is convinced that a match with Reigns will actually take place.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer cited one “major star” who said the match would need to happen within six months given Punk’s injury record and the general uncertainty around him.
“One major star who saw the situation said that they’d better get there within six months because of the injury risk or uncertainty with Punk. Even though the dynamics are different in WWE in the sense Punk knows full well he won’t have the power he had in AEW, it wasn’t like it was one issue in AEW it was over-and-over. But AEW also never nipped it in the bud.”
CM Punk Made Multiple Attempts To Re-Join WWE
Also in the Observer, Dave Meltzer revealed that CM Punk made multiple attempts to re-sign with WWE prior to Survivor Series. It’s believed that Punk approached WWE before he joined AEW and again while under contract with the Tony Khan-led promotion sometime in 2022.
This is in addition to FOX attempting to broker a deal between the star and WWE while he was working on the FS1 show WWE Backstage. This advance was nixed by Vince McMahon.