CM Punk shocked the pro wrestling world when he showed up to WWE RAW this week in Chicago. He was just backstage to see a few people, and he was around for about half an hour. During that time, he spoke to Triple H as well. Then he was asked to leave, but that isn’t the case for every wrestler backstage who happens to be under contract with a different company.
WWE eventually asked CM Punk to leave, and that was Vince McMahon’s call that he made remotely. That being said, he still apparently received a warm greeting from the members of the roster he spoke to. Punk and The Miz even squashed an old beef.
PW Insider was asked about how Tony Khan probably feels about CM Punk going to WWE RAW this week. It was noted that TK isn’t likely to be upset, because other talent have been to WWE events in the past, they just weren’t shown on camera.
That’s a question for Khan, but in the past, everyone from Ricky Starks to QT Marshall to Andrade have been backstage at WWE events while under contract to AEW. Some have been backstage at WrestleMania and other events with Cody Rhodes. There have also been lots of instances of contracted WWE talents backstage at AEW events. Unless one side forbids the other from doing so, I can’t see anyone getting mad when someone does something others have done without repercussions. I personally wouldn’t want any of my talents at other shows, but given there are couples who work for different companies, how can you really forbid someone’s wife/husband from being there? That just creates ill will.
Tony Khan hasn’t said anything in the past about his talent hanging out backstage at another pro wrestling company. Even Ricky Starks drew massive headlines when he was spotted with Cody Rhodes at the Royal Rumble.
Ringside News exclusively reported that WWE was far too busy to be concerned with CM Punk backstage. They had 12 days until Backlash, and a Draft to prepare for. If you add in the fact that Vince McMahon changed up the show before they went live, then that didn’t give any time to worry about Punk.
All things considered, some within WWE believed that CM Punk actually showed up at RAW to drum up hype over his AEW return. After all, he is expected to make a return to television soon as part of the company’s Saturday show.
What’s your take on CM Punk showing up at WWE RAW this week? Do you think that Tony Khan should be upset about it? Sound off in the comments!