AEW wants to make 2021 a huge year as they get back on the road and re-start things. They have also proven themselves as a company with legs, a far cry from the days when CM Punk was sent text messages to gauge his interest.
During the Mat Men Pro Wresting podcast, Andrew Zarian brought up the possibility of CM Punk returning to pro wrestling. He said that AEW has a bit more urgency for CM Punk’s signing, because September 5th’s All Out pay-per-view is a perfect time for Punk’s entry.
“I would say that that there is more urgency […] the CM Punk thing is taking a little bit longer, but you kinda got a month and a half, because you definitely want him for Chicago [for All Out] because if this is it then you want him on that show before Chicago.”
It was also noted that dealing with Daniel Bryan is likely easier than negotiating with CM Punk. They are much different personality types. Also, Daniel Bryan has reportedly already signed a deal.
AEW is looking to bring in four big signings, and we have already seen Andrade El Idolo and Malakai Black debut. Daniel Bryan is likely coming and CM Punk would make that fourth big signing.
CM Punk hasn’t wrestled a match in front of fans since 2014, and that adds up, now we will have to see if there is any ring rust that he needs to take care of. Bringing Punk in on the Dynamite before All Out would certainly help those pay-per-view buys, a source of revenue that AEW has come to rely on.
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