World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has recently found itself fielding speculative questions about the potential return of former WWE superstar CM Punk. The buzz intensified following Punk's absence from the post-WWE Fastlane press conference in October.
This silence from the media was unexpected given the controversial departure of Punk from All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after a backstage incident involving Jack Perry and concerns raised by AEW president Tony Khan. WWE talent and executives, including Chief Content Officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque, were reportedly briefed on how to handle inquiries regarding CM Punk's rumored comeback, Fightful Select has disclosed.
The preparation was perhaps an anticipatory move to maintain a consistent narrative that, while there is no active bad blood between Punk and WWE, there currently exists no dialogue or agreement regarding his return.
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In what may have signaled a thawing of relations, CM Punk was spotted at a WWE Raw taping in April, amidst his sabbatical from AEW.
Reports suggest that Punk had interactions backstage with several WWE personalities, including a meeting with Triple H that was described as positive. Nevertheless, as WWE steers toward the Survivor Series event on November 25th in Rosemont, Illinois—mere miles from Punk's hometown of Chicago—the dialogue between the two camps remains non-existent.
Moreover, while there was a period when a door seemed open for Punk to reenter the WWE fold—even while he was suspended from AEW—current indicators suggest that prospects have not advanced. A source from within WWE recently responded with a definitive "no" when probed about the wrestler's return to the company's ranks.
Despite the clear stance from WWE's end, the persistent public interest underscores CM Punk's enduring impact on the wrestling industry and the continued speculation about his professional future. Whether or not the discussions will reignite remains to be seen, but for now, WWE appears to be moving forward without CM Punk in its immediate plans.