Tony Khan’s original idea for a pro wrestling company included CM Punk, but he was not successful in getting The Second City Savior on board. Things have certainly changed around the pro wrestling world since then.
Ringside News exclusively reported that CM Punk has inked a deal with AEW, but his debut is not known at this point. The subject of CM Punk’s pro wrestling return has been a very popular one in the past couple of weeks.
Fightful Select reports that the word has gotten out about CM Punk joining AEW as “a more expanded level than the parties associated knew.” It was also said that AEW considered bringing in CM Punk last year, but it was not noted how far along that attempt went.
There has been consideration and interest on All Elite Wrestling’s behalf since approximately last year to bring in CM Punk, though we don’t know if formal conversations ever happened that far back, there were higher ups who had openly mentioned the possibility of him coming in.
Cody Rhodes confirmed in July 2020 that AEW did offer CM Punk a contract, but the money he wanted was too high. “As far as the CM Punk negotiations go, everyone heard the famous ‘he got a text from us’. Yeah, of course, there were negotiations and he did ask for a great amount of money and Punk is worth a great deal of money,” he said
It was also noted that “as recently as a couple of months ago, people on the roster hadn’t heard that Punk would be coming in.” We will have to see when CM Punk makes his AEW debut, but he is reportedly 100% locked into Chicago. The big question is which Chicago show he will appear at.
Those in AEW who have not been able to work with CM Punk yet are also asking around to gauge those who have worked with Punk in the past. This will be an interesting couple of months for AEW, and that should go without saying.