The wrestling world has been abuzz with the recent termination of CM Punk's contract by All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Ahead of the September 2nd edition of "Collision," AEW made the significant decision in response to a backstage confrontation between CM Punk and Jack Perry during "All In." AEW's head, Tony Khan, confirmed the news, citing unanimous counsel from a disciplinary committee and legal experts behind the termination.
While the wrestling community grappled with this revelation, speculation about CM Punk's potential move back to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) gained traction.
Punk's WWE Comeback?
Inside sources hinted at Punk's inclination towards a WWE homecoming, especially during the latter half of 2022 and early 2023 post the events of "All Out." Notably, there were rumblings about Punk eyeing a comeback during WWE's 2023 Royal Rumble event.
However, the details surrounding WWE's willingness to bring Punk back or the feasibility of an AEW contract release during that time remain murky. While Punk's potential return to WWE remains speculative, the final call would lie in the hands of WWE President Nick Khan and Chief Content Officer Triple H.
This decision-making duo's role becomes even more significant given the historical context: Punk's departure from WWE in 2014 could have been more amicable. Yet, earlier this year, Punk and Triple H reportedly shared a conversation during WWE Raw in Chicago, sparking renewed interest in their professional relationship.
Seeking clarity on the situation, ESPN's Marc Raimondi contacted Nick Khan for insights on WWE's stance regarding a CM Punk return. Khan refrained from giving a definitive answer but spoke with undeniable respect for Punk.
Khan remarked, "We immensely respect Phil [CM Punk's real name]. His tenure here at WWE was memorable, and his bold venture into UFC is commendable. Not many can step into the octagon as he did. We respect Phil and wish him the best in his endeavours." With the wrestling industry's eyes trained on this evolving story, only time will tell if fans will witness another chapter in CM Punk's storied WWE career.