CM Punk is reportedly in talks for an in-ring comeback to the wrestling world feared would never come.
The WWE legend, who left the company in 2014 and for a long time seemed to be done with the business entirely, is said to have had held discussions for an epic return with AEW said to be the most likely destination.
As reported by Fightful Select, sourced have suggested he could end up in All Elite Wrestling, although there is ‘no confirmation of a contract officially being signed, a timetable, a set return date, or any creative plans’.
The site adds that other companies have also shown an interest – although again, there are no firm details on who these other promotions are – and it’s thought that officials within WWE itself think he’s on his way to AEW.
He has moved into acting including roles in the likes of Jakob’s Wife and Girl On The Third Floor, and upcoming wrestling drama HeelsAside from a couple of anonymous and masked independent scene appearances, he largely stayed away from the business itself until joining Fox Sports show WWE Backstage as a guest analyst.
Renee Young, his former co-star on the show, will be delighted if the reports prove to be true, as she’s been vocal in the past about wanting him back in the ring.
She exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think it would be an absolute shame if he did not come back.
‘Like you said, that passion is still there! He’s a wrestler! He is a wrestler through and through.‘
‘Whether he was busy doing movies or TV shows or other aspirations that he has, I think at the end of the day wrestling is the thing that makes that guy tick.
‘I think for him to not come back in some capacity, whatever creative he ends up working out that he really wants to do – I think ultimately, that that’s what it would come down to for him, is finding that great creative.’
Punk said as much when he opened up to Renee about what it would take to get him back in the ring, as he insisted there needs to be an interesting scenario to spark a return seven years after his acrimonious departure from Vince McMahon’s company.
He said at the time: ‘Without wanting to insult anybody on any either side of the fence, any WWE talent or any AEW talent, it would take – above all – an interesting scenario.
‘A story that would be fun to tell. Also, just the stupidest amount of money. But they could just save themselves a whole lot of money if they just presented like a fun storyline.’
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