WWE Hall of Famer Booker T thinks CM Punk could do what many think unlikely and join TNA.
What CM Punk does next has been a hotly debated topic in the wrestling world for most of the past decade. Since Punk walked out of WWE in 2014, fans clamoured for him to return to the ring and he finally did for Tony Khan’s AEW in 2021. That spell arguably turned out even worse for all involved.
CM Punk got tongues wagging when he attended the recent IMPACT Wrestling – which is soon to be re-branded as TNA – tapings in his home city of Chicago. Many consider the reality of Punk in the company as a long shot as a result of the financial implications but stranger things have happened in the wacky world of pro wrestling.
Speaking on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T had his say on CM Punk possibly being a part of TNA and thinks it’s something that could work for the star:
“I look at it like this. If CM Punk was to go to IMPACT Wrestling and be a part of that crew down there, I think it’s definitely something that, it could work. I really do.
“I think there’s a lot of young guys down there, I think there’s a lot of young guys, just like in AEW, that could learn and maybe look towards CM Punk for some guidance and whatever. I don’t know. I don’t know how well that’s gonna work out or anything like that. But that’s the way I see that.”
Booker T has words of warning for CM Punk
Booker T cautions however that a move to TNA for Punk could bring more scrutiny on his in-ring work, something that might not be ideal for a wrestler advancing in years:
“The one thing I also think about with CM Punk going to IMPACT Wrestling, unlike AEW, unlike WWE, his wrestling is gonna be more spotlighted on. Just because it’s smaller crowds, everything is gonna be seen. You’re not gonna be able to hide anything in an arena like that.
“One thing about getting older, you’re gonna lose a step. That’s just the way it is. I just think it would be so much more noticeable. You would be looking at CM Punk’s work so much more than anything outside of what he would be doing at TNA. I’m talking about promos, I’m talking about angles. You’re gonna be looking at his work more than anything, I would think. I think that’s a position I wouldn’t want to put myself in.”
Whatever is next for CM Punk, his army of loyal fans will no doubt hope he returns to the ring somewhere so he can close the book on his illustrious career on his terms – whether that happens remains to be seen.