So it wasn’t the return the fans wanted, but CM Punk is undeniably back in the wrestling business and a lot of fans are very excited.
There are still many people who believe he will return to the ring one day, and perhaps he will, but not everyone has been very impressed with his return.
AEW Champion Chris Jericho spoke about Punk’s return during an interview with Uproxx, and it’s safe to say that he think it could have been done better.
“It’s a long time coming. We knew there would be a Mötley Crüe reunion and we knew CM Punk would come back to wrestling. It was just a matter of time. I think he came back with more of a sigh than a scream. It seems kinda funny that he came back on a show that drew 150,000 viewers where it could have been 5 million viewers. But if it’s part of the process to slowly wean him into the wrestling business, then good. The WWE sure needs him. You need stars in the business. Good for him for coming back. I just think it was not as big as it could have been or should have been. He’s back for the first time in five years and no one really cares. But I’m sure it will lead to more. I don’t see how it can’t.”
When asked if he was disappointed AEW couldn’t sign Punk, Jericho stated,
“I’m not disappointed. I know there were some conversations, but Punk’s his own guy. Could we have used him? Yes. Does it hurt us to not have him? No, not at all.”