CM Punk’s WWE return has everyone talking, and there are lot of positive things to be said. The narrative is that Punk is very happy and looking to put any messy business with AEW in the past. Punk may not be the only former Superstar to make a WWE return, but he was certainly one of the most unlikely.
Shawn Michaels has entered the realm of professional wrestling commentary, offering his insights on CM Punk’s highly anticipated return to WWE at the Survivor Series following the Men’s WarGames Match. Punk’s comeback generated significant buzz in the wrestling world, and his first promo back took place on Monday Night Raw, although it had to be abbreviated due to the show running longer than expected. Internally, Punk is listed as a free agent, granting him the flexibility to appear on either Raw or SmackDown.
In a recent conversation with Peter Rosenberg for the Cheap Heat Podcast, Shawn Michaels shared his thoughts on Punk’s return to WWE. He conveyed his excitement about the return, which falls in line with the sentiments of many fans and fellow wrestling fans.
“You know, stories like this are always fantastic, even if they’re controversial,” Michaels stated.” That’s part of what makes them fantastic. And so look, there are times, you know, I don’t always know what’s going on. Truth be told, I don’t think sometimes they know what’s going on, but that’s what makes unpredictability just that unpredictable. That’s what makes this job so fantastic and so unique, unlike anything else. And that’s why we’ve continued to thrive for, you know, 40-plus years as well.”
Shawn Michaels then shifted gears to the assumption that many have that CM Punk’s return to WWE would never happen. This was a widely-held belief, because the Second City Savior and WWE had quite a public string of bridge burning incidents.
“Because in this line of work, what makes it so fantastic? You’re never 100% sure, even if you think you are. You’re just not being honest,” Michaels stated. “Of course, you’re just saying, ‘I know this is going to happen,’ but there’s always a little piece, and you’re going like, ‘I don’t know, you know,’ and again, to your point, I just felt I think everybody thought this was a bridge too far.”
It’s interesting that Shawn Michaels also drew parallels between his own experiences and CM Punk’s situation, noting that they both faced moments where they weren’t necessarily the most popular figures in the locker room. He emphasized that what truly mattered was their exceptional performance and contributions to the industry. HBK concluded by expressing his happiness for WWE as a whole, recognizing the significance of Punk’s return to the company.
We will have to see what is next for CM Punk in WWE. He has a brand-new roster to challenge him, and opponents he’s never faced yet. It will be interesting to see him get adjusted, but it’s also possible that WWE will throw him right into a huge match, because Punk seems ready for anything.
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