Cody has confirmed in an interview that an offer was made to CM Punk for the All In show.
The offer was made by Matt Jackson according to the interview in Wrestling Inc. Unfortunately, it appears that CM Punk was not interested in appearing on the show.
Cody had the following to say:
“Matt [Jackson] actually made a full offer or full pitch for his services and I think Punk is focused on the Mixed Martial Arts element of his career. One of the reasons we didn’t first come out and say, ‘here’s who we want you to wrestle,’ because I think we just wanted him to be a part of the event for a lot of fans, he’s captured their imagination even with the amount of time he’s been gone. He has a mythical presence to them. I thought it would be good for him to connect with them, but that’s me, you know?”
Cody doesn’t seem to be holding any grudges about being turn down:
“Nobody owns Punk but Punk, so if he wants to do Mixed Martial Arts, go for it. He was always very nice to me and helpful to me in OVW. I always looked at All In with the perspective that it’s about the present and future of the industry and not really about cheap pops, even though I’m sure they’ll be plenty of those on the show. Matt had reached out to [Punk] and made him a real offer. I think Punk is set on not being part of it.”
Cody’s response seems to suggest that CM Punk plans on continuing in MMA despite his UFC deal expiring and Punk losing both of his MMA fights so far. Where and when those fight would take place is unclear. These comments may mean that a Ring of Honor return is unlikely if Cody is correct that CM Punk is committed to concentrating on MMA.
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