In a surprising turn of events, CM Punk's triceps injury at the Royal Rumble may not completely sideline him from WWE television. Recent reports suggest that the former WWE and AEW superstar might still have a role to play in the wrestling world, even while he recuperates.
"Fightful Select" has brought forth intriguing information indicating that CM Punk was spotted backstage during a recent episode of "WWE SmackDown." Furthermore, he has reportedly been seen at the WWE Performance Center, where he has been extending his assistance to fellow WWE talents.
Ace Steel's Commentary Concerns
In an exclusive interview snippet, CM Punk's close friend and professional wrestling trainer, Ace Steel, offered some intriguing insights. Steel mentioned that WWE management might be inclined to utilize Punk in a commentary role while he is away from in-ring action.
However, Steel himself expressed reservations about this idea. He argued that Punk's exit from television following Drew McIntyre's assault on him after the Royal Rumble left a bitter taste, making an on-screen role less appealing.
Steel went on to highlight concerns about Punk potentially sharing the screen with McIntyre during his rehabilitation. He pointed out that the storyline between them had unfolded in a manner that could lead to an injured Punk retaliating against McIntyre if placed in an on-screen capacity, a scenario that wouldn't align with Punk's current physical limitations.
CM Punk has previously served as a guest commentator in both WWE and AEW and also lent his expertise as a commentator for the MMA promotion, Cage Fury Fighting Championships. Punk's unexpected return to WWE at the Royal Rumble was met with enthusiasm from fans.
Unfortunately, he suffered a torn right triceps during the match, necessitating a hiatus from in-ring competition for several months. Initial plans had hinted at a WrestleMania 40 showdown between Punk and Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship, with Roman Reigns defending his title against Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes.
However, Punk's injury, coupled with the Brock Lesnar controversy, prompted WWE to rethink its strategy, ultimately leading to The Rock's dramatic return to the wrestling world.