It’s that time of the month again, where fans and writers alike speculate about the future of CM Punk in wrestling, desperately clinging to any tiny vestige of hope that the ‘Straight Edge Superstar’ will go back on his own decree that he is done with the sport and will rock up in All Elite Wrestling.
The catalyst this time around is a copyright claim against a creator on Australian online seller Redbubble, who was selling a CM Punk “best in the world” t-shirt.
The copyright claim was discovered by Twitter user @DHink_182, who posted a screenshot of the following:
What is immediately interesting about the claim is the names listed in the subject matter section. ProWrestling Tees holds the rights to sell CM Punk merchandise on its highly successful online store, so them being listed is understandable. Less easy to explain in the presence of All Elite Wrestling on the copyright claim.
It is fairly well known at this point that the store’s owned Ryan Barkan is involved with AEW in the merchandise production department, but this seems to suggest there is more to that than meets the eye.
There are several possible reasons for AEW being listed on the claim. To speculate on some of them here: Is Pro Wrestling Tees going to be under the AEW umbrella and potentially bought out by the group? Does AEW have a stake in PWT? Is CM Punk signing with AEW and the promotion does not want outside merchandise featuring his name or likeness?
All of these are possible.
It is a long (long, long, long) shot that CM Punk is going to be rocking up in AEW, at least any time soon. He has flat out stated that he is finished with wrestling and that he wants fans to accept that and move on. But we can’t, Mr. Punk, we just can’t!
Until the day he does come back, which might well be never, fans and journalists alike are going to speculate in this manner for the rest of time. Sorry CM!
What do you think is the reason behind AEW appearing on the copyright claim? Let us know in the comments below.