CM Punk is one of the most controversial names in pro wrestling right now for a good reason. Wherever he goes, controversy follows and a lot of people have become fed up with Punk. Punk also paid a visit to WWE before RAW this week and now it appears that move has been called a power play against Tony Khan.

As we previously reported, CM Punk was asked to leave WWE RAW this week, but he managed to stay a while and meet up with some WWE Superstars before that. He even spoke with Triple H before Punk had to leave.

CM Punk and The Miz also buried the hatchet during the shocking visit and fans were actually glad they are now on better terms. That said, the topic of his visit remains a major deal even now.

While speaking during Wrestling Observer’s Figure Four Daily, pro wrestling veteran Lance Storm talked about CM Punk’s appearance before WWE RAW. Storm stated that he believes it was a power play against AEW President Tony Khan.


“If Tony didn’t okay it, then I think in my opinion, at least, the message being sent is a warning to Tony that ‘people don’t think I’ll ever go back to WWE. Watch me. So you better be careful.’ And it’s a power play to let Tony know he’s gonna have to get Punk back to show, he’s gonna have to accommodate CM Punk. Because if he fires CM Punk, I think the message is clear now that he is very willing now to walk in WWE and talk to Hunter.

If he didn’t get it cleared with Tony, I think it’s that ballsy move. But Punk has never been lacking in those. But I think it’s a very dirty play when you know seems to be trying to get the image and the rep of unity in the AEW locker room. We are going to bring this guy back. We’re going to bury the hatchet, make amends, get him back on the show. And then he does this. I would not be impressed if I was Tony unless it was cleared. If it’s cleared, then that’s a decision Tony and Punk can make. But if it’s not, then it’s a dirty pool and power play.”

CM Punk also received warm reception backstage during his visit. Many in WWE also believe Punk wanted ‘back in’ the company. As Ringside News exclusively reported, CM Punk didn’t make huge impression with his visit. Regardless, we’ll have to see how Punk will fare after he returns to AEW this year.

What’s your take on CM Punk showing up before WWE RAW in Chicago? Do you think it was a power play against Tony Khan? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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