CM Punk’s run in WWE ended abruptly after the Royal Rumble in 2014 when he was frustrated with the company, leading him to simply walk out. He didn’t step foot inside a pro wrestling ring for seven years after that, as he debuted in AEW back in 2021. Amid rumors of CM Punk’s WWE return, Eric Bischoff doesn’t think it would be a good idea for WWE to have him back.

CM Punk was the subject of controversy earlier this year, and things only got worse after the brawl at AEW All Out. Since then, fans have wondered whether Punk will leave AEW and make his way back to the company he swore never to return to.

While speaking with Steve Fall’s Ten Count, WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff talked about CM Punk going back to WWE. Bischoff made it clear that he doesn’t think it would be a good business decision for WWE to have him back.

“I don’t think it would be. I think CM Punk shit the bed. When Tony Khan brought CM Punk into AEW, he still had that mystique, the pipe bomb mystique. He was this character that stood up to McMahon and then walked away.


There’s a rebellious quality in that character that I think the average American admires. So Punk had this mystique and still had his fan base, and Tony Khan was able to take advantage of that.

Over a very short period of time, that mystique began to just dissipate. It was like letting the air out of the balloon a little bit more each and every week. CM Punk came in, and you know, great ratings, and then literally the next week, started in a free fall back down to pre-Punk levels. You look at where AEW is in terms of week to week ratings, which is the only thing we have to measure that’s public because the financial information is all private. We don’t really hear anything about the real financial information. We just get the top line stuff.

But you know, ratings are the data that we have that we can go, ‘Okay, this is where this product is going.’ Flatline. Shortly after CM Punk got there, flatline to pre-Punk levels and I think that a lot of that has to do with, people came, they were excited because of the aura and the mystique, they saw, and they went, ‘Eh, not so much. A little bit, but nothing special.’ Then for Punk to conduct himself in the manner in which he did, I think it left a bad taste in not only the fans mouths, but why would anybody want to hire a guy that’s willing to, live, publicly disparage the guy that’s writing him a check every week?”

CM Punk’s possible WWE return is also greatly opposed within the company. Triple H was also strongly warned against signing CM Punk. We will have to wait and see if he will go back to WWE or not.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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