If a move to WWE is off the table, could CM Punk head to New Japan Pro-Wrestling?
Speculation about CM Punk’s future continues to swirl, and a resolution doesn’t seem to be on the horizon. While Punk has repeatedly been linked with a move back to WWE — the company he left in a blaze of controversy in 2014 — there has been no public comment from either side.
Interestingly, there could be another contender for his signature.
NJPW’s close relationship with AEW appeared to rule out a deal between the Japanese promotion and CM Punk, but it appears that might not be the case.
Speaking in a new interview with Fightful, Rocky Romero — who has become something of an ambassador for the company, said he would bring fresh eyes to the product.
“I think that, obviously, we didn’t really get to do many crossovers when Punk was with AEW,” Romero said. “There was supposed to be that Tanahashi Punk match that never happened. So, I think Punk coming and doing a Wrestle Kingdom or a big show like that could be, I think, great for our product. Obviously, getting fresh eyes and everything that he brings to it, merchandise and everything else. So, I wouldn’t be opposed to it at all.”
Romero added that the relationship between NJPW and Tony Khan wouldn’t hinder a potential deal.
“I know Tony (Khan) pretty well. I feel like I would probably give him the heads up, like, ‘Hey, this is what’s going on’ but I don’t think he would have much to say about it. I mean, obviously, it’s another company. He doesn’t own New Japan.”
“I think it’s fine, I think he would be cool with it, I think AEW would be cool with it,
CM Punk To WWE Is A “Firm No”
Despite some fans clinging to the hope that CM Punk will appear at Survivor Series in Chicago, WWE sources remain adamant he won’t be appearing. The most recent update on the situation quoted one higher-up as saying a deal between WWE and Punk remains a “firm no.”
H/t to F4Wonline