CM Punk could finally make a comeback in professional wrestling.
According to Fightful Select, the 42-year-old is in talks with AEW.
“Fightful Select learned last week that CM Punk was in talks to return to professional wrestling as a performer in the ring, with sources indicating AEW is the most likely landing point.”
TalkSPORT sources can also confirm that Punk and AEW are in talks.
Fightful says they can’t report a fixed date, whether or not a contract is signed or finer details at that time, just that “Punk and a company official had conversations going on about a back in the ring.
Punk left WWE in 2014 after being exhausted and frustrated with the creative direction he was heading.
He embarked on a career in the UFC where he went 0-2 (now 0-1 after the second loss was recently canceled) before becoming a commentator for the Cage Fighting Fury Championships, which are on UFC Fight. Pass.
The Chicago native has avoided wrestling since then, with the exception of being an analyst on the FOX WWE Backstage show in 2019 and 2020.
This show was canceled due to the pandemic, but fans have long been clamoring for the return of Punk, one of the most popular stars of his generation.
Cody Rhodes once opened up to talkSPORT and explained how they conducted interim negotiations with Punk at the start of AEW’s creation.
“Regarding the CM Punk negotiations, everyone has heard the famous ‘he got a text from us’. Yes of course there were negotiations and he asked for a lot of money and punk is worth a lot of money.
The price tag becomes much more justifiable if you’re genuinely interested in what we’re doing at the speed at which we’re doing it. And again, it’s not even specific to him, just in general, if the passion isn’t there, the money isn’t there.
With AEW’s All Out pay-per-view set to take place in Chicago, could stars line up for a CM Punk comeback?