CM Punk’s stock in the pro wrestling world is still incredibly high, thanks to Starz’ show Heels and his impending AEW debut. Ringside News exclusively reported that Punk has signed a contract with AEW. It was also reported that Punk is reportedly 100% for an AEW Chicago show, and many are expecting to see him on August 20th at the United Center for Rampage.
Over the past few months, WWE released several talents from their contracts, beginning with the likes of Mickie James and Chelsea Green back in April. The company released even more NXT Superstars in their latest batch of releases, including the likes of Bronson Reed and Bobby Fish. In total, WWE has released 52 Superstars so far this year.
While speaking on Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast, CM Punk addressed the latest batch of releases from WWE. CM Punk offered words of encouragement and stated that being released is the best thing that could happen to many WWE Superstars.
“Um, hmm… I mean, I don’t know, I’ve been out of the loop. I don’t know a lot of the people who got fired but I know that it’s probably more of a blessing than anything. You know, if you want to be a pro wrestler, you can be, but you don’t have to work for WWE. I think it sucks, I think anybody getting fired sucks, but I do think, for a lot of people it could be the best thing that ever happened to them.”
“You know, if that’s where you want to be and you got fired, well then your job is to work hard and prove them wrong, and try to get your job back. But if your job is just to be the best pro wrestler you can be, put food on your table, have money in your pocket, I think there’s a world now in 2021 where, more so than in recent times, you can be a pro wrestler.”
Punk also revealed why he doesn’t watch WWE anymore. The AEW locker room is certainly excited about CM Punk signing with the company. We will have to wait and see if CM Punk truly will debut at the AEW Rampage: First Dance event next week.
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