At the conclusion of the Survivor Series 2023 premium live event, Punk made a surprising return to WWE, taking the wrestling world by storm. Recently, WWE veteran Randy Orton shared his thoughts on Punk’s shocking return to WWE.

In a recent video posted on WWE’s YouTube channel, CM Punk and Randy Orton were seen watching their WrestleMania 27 match together. Towards the end of the video, Punk expressed that he had gained Orton’s respect during that particular match. Orton then revealed that he had reached out to Punk upon learning about his exit from AEW, stating that he believed Punk always belonged back in WWE.

CM Punk: I put it like this to people because I’m a huge hockey guy. There’s guys you play against, and it’s always gonna be chippy. You might fight with them, you hate them, shit disturber, but then they get traded in free agency, and you’re going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and all of a sudden he’s on your team, and it’s just like, I’m glad you’re on my team. That’s what that felt like to me.

Randy Orton: We’re good. Well, shit, I feel like I reached out. I forget what had happened, but I might have seen something online or whatever, maybe I knew you were leaving, and I think that minute I saw that, I reached out right away. This was before, I don’t know if you had already talked to people and were coming back or what, but this would have been last summer or last fall, I think when I knew for sure that you were leaving. I legitimately was like, He needs to come back, he needs to come back. This is where you belong. I think you reiterated that. You are like, ‘Yeah, you’re right, I need to come home. I’m glad you did, dude.


CP: I am, too. 100%.

RO: Hell yeah, man. Love yo, man. Give me a hug. [They hug] We’re buddies. We’re buddies.

CP: Now we’re the old buddies.

RO: Yeah, we’re the old buddies, we’re the old-timers. Let’s go lead this locker room.

CP: Let’s fucking do it.

In case you need a refresher, CM Punk had left WWE back in 2014, but returned to wrestling when he joined AEW in 2021. His controversial stint with AEW came to an end when Tony Khan terminated his contract after a backstage altercation with Jack Perry at AEW All Out 2023. Punk is currently sidelined due to injury and it remains to be seen when he makes his return to ring. Stay tuned to Ringside News for more!

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