Wrestling icon Booker T has sparked conversations in the wrestling community by suggesting that CM Punk's estranged relationship with WWE might not be beyond repair, drawing parallels to another superstar's tumultuous yet ultimately reconciled past with the company.
In a landscape where past grievances seemed insurmountable, WWE's 2013 re-embrace of The Ultimate Warrior was a watershed moment. Despite a history marred by legal disputes and a seemingly irrevocable rift, the company not only welcomed Warrior back but also immortalized his legacy through a Hall of Fame induction, video game features, and the establishment of an award in his name that celebrates the resilience he was renowned for.
During an episode of the "Hall of Fame" podcast, Booker T weighed in on the possibility of CM Punk — a former WWE Champion who left the company under less-than-ideal circumstances — mending fences with WWE. "I'm not going to count WWE out on making a move to bring him back," Booker T asserted.
"History has shown us that nearly everyone who's left WWE has made their way back home, regardless of past conflicts. Even the Ultimate Warrior returned, and let's be honest, he wasn't exactly the most beloved figure — he was more vilified than Ahmed Johnson," he added with a chuckle.
WWE's Reconciliation Trend
The wrestling world has witnessed the return of several stars who had previously fallen out with WWE, including Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart, Jeff Jarrett, and Scott Steiner, all of whom have since been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
This trend lends credence to the notion that CM Punk, often referred to as "The Second City Savior," could potentially see a similar homecoming. Notwithstanding these speculations, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer has reported that WWE recently declined an overture from Punk to rejoin the promotion.
Yet, Meltzer also noted that WWE's stance could evolve over time, as it has with numerous other polarizing figures. The door, it seems, is never firmly closed in the world of professional wrestling, and fans are left to wonder if and when Punk's music might hit the WWE airwaves once again.