CM Punk has reportedly had talks with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and could be returning to professional wrestling after leaving WWE seven years ago.
First reported by Fightful Select through their Patreon subscription, Punk has had “ongoing conversations” with AEW. Cultaholic notes from the report that there’s no confirmation about an official deal being made and, “Other companies are also reportedly interested in signing Punk as an in-ring performer but no ‘specific offers or overtures’ have been made. WWE management also believe Punk is AEW bound.”
The news on Punk is just the latest buzz around a high-profile wrestler potentially heading to AEW. Days ago, reports began circulating via Dave Meltzer that Daniel Bryan could also head to AEW.
The Punk report caused wrestling Twitter to explode, with “CM Punk” being the number three trending topic in the United States, as of publishing. Here are some notable reactions.
Kenny Omega when CM Punk and Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) confront him in the span of 2 weeks: pic.twitter.com/5QzaJXYaBE— Sir Suplex (@SirSuplex) July 21, 2021
I think my organs would shut down with joy if CM Punk and Bryan Danielson did suddenly appear in an AEW ring 😂— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) July 21, 2021
I'd love to see them anywhere to be fair, but wow.
While CM Punk is 42, it's worth noting he's three years younger than the current WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, and two years younger than AJ Styles and John Cena.— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) July 21, 2021
Even with seven years off, hard to imagine he wouldn't make a serious impact, despite while some claim. #AEW
Those CM Punk chants are about the make the biggest comeback in wrestling history.— Fiending For Followers ‼️ (@Fiend4FolIows) July 21, 2021
If AEW gets Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, AEW is going to be absolutely unmatched 🔥— The Real One ☄️ (@WWEREALONE) July 21, 2021
retweet if you're already daydreaming/fantasy booking CM Punk in AEW. 😂😂😂— Denise Salcedo (@_denisesalcedo) July 21, 2021
We are very excited for CM Punk's return— Bloody Disgusting (@BDisgusting) July 21, 2021
to horror movies. pic.twitter.com/7Knw6eHerU
MJF after he’s the first one to make a joke about CM Punk’s UFC career in a promo to his face pic.twitter.com/BNYMz8aiO1— Soundwave (@LocalSoundwave) July 21, 2021
cm punk and daniel bryan meeting each other’s eyes across the aew locker room pic.twitter.com/OsU0dQp2FK— very angry daisy ⚔️ (@boutmachines) July 21, 2021
I kinda find it funny how on the decade anniversary of ‘The Summer of Punk’ in WWE and right when we’re at the beginning of ‘The Summer of Cena’ rumors/talks of CM Punk’s in-ring return begin.— Wrestle Ops (@WrestleOps) July 21, 2021
The itch never fully left him. But yeah good for him if he wants to come back I guess.
People getting excited about CM Punk "in negotiations" need to remember that we've done this dance so many times over the last 7 years.— Wrestle Critic (@WrestleCritic) July 21, 2021
Every site reporting is crediting one article; Punk has debunked that site in the past for their coverage of him.
Don't take it as certain. pic.twitter.com/IIQuNjSPW4
Time to add some matches to my CM Punk dream matches spreadsheet. pic.twitter.com/6G37hgzMHl— Juan C. Reneo (@ReneusMeister) July 21, 2021
CM Punk and Colt Cabana seeing each other backstage at AEW pic.twitter.com/lPJJ33wCaR— Jonathan (@JPsWrestling) July 21, 2021
If CM Punk signs with AEW.— Tokyo Cyber Squad🎌🌺🌸 (@EmeraldPrinxe) July 21, 2021
AEW can bring back Straight Edge Society.
CM Punk, Serena Deeb, Gallows pic.twitter.com/h8nN3NMgnf
The build. The match. The payoff.— 𝐉𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐕𝐞𝐧 (@WrestlingCovers) July 21, 2021
CM Punk vs MJF would be a match for the ages! 👀 #AEWAllOut #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/tX2liYtguM
Wrestling Twitter if CM Punk and Daniel Bryan appear in AEW in the next few weeks.@SimpsonsWWE pic.twitter.com/BoNcUOwJmB— Irish Wrestling Entertainment 💬 (@IRISHWRESTLING8) July 21, 2021