With CM Punk’s future in AEW remaining uncertain following his comments during the AEW All Out media scrum and backstage fight with The Elite, there has been speculation that he may return to WWE.
As previously reported, AEW and Punk are talking about the promotion buying out his contract. It has been noted that some close to him suggest that Punk has caught “the wrestling bug” again.
With Steve Austin being offered a match by WWE, likely for WrestleMania 39, there has been some speculation that WWE may be trying to get Punk back for a match with Austin.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that there are people in the company who don’t want Punk back.
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“I don’t know the legalities of Punk, but I think that’s the biggest money of all the matches he could do, because a return of Punk to WWE would be big. There’s the injury that Punk could potentially make it to WrestleMania with a torn triceps. Everyone’s healing is different… and then there’s the legal issue.”
Meltzer later continued, “If you’re looking for the match that’s going to shake things up, the Punk match is the one, but I don’t know if Punk will have a release (from AEW) – there’s just a lot of trouble there. ”
Meltzer speculated that one night you could headline Punk vs. Austin and the other night’s headliner of The Rock vs. Roman Reigns.
“Punk’s return to WWE would be awesome if they could do it. There is a big question. Do they want to do it? I know people in WWE who definitely don’t want him there, but those aren’t the people on the creative team. Everyone knows what happened in AEW, it’s like, ‘Do we really want that? do we need that? No, we don’t need that. We don’t really want that.’ But in the end it’s not their decision. It’s the decision of Nick Khan and Stephanie and Paul (Triple H). Paul can just go in there and say, ‘Look what happened. We don’t need it.’ They don’t need it, and he can just do that. If it was Vince, Vince would do it, I think, with that much money on the line.
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