The CM Punk and AEW saga has been a major talking point in the wrestling world since the now infamous All Out media scrum last September, and it may finally be set to come to an end.
A recent report from Fightful Select reported that Punk had expressed interest in an AEW return, including willingness to work with Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, among other potential roles.
In a further update from Fightful Select (subscription required), it seems as though pieces for that have begun to fall into place.
The report is prefaced with a disclaimer noting that nothing is set in stone, and it’s possible that things could change as the situation between the two sides is often tumultuous.
Fightful says that they had been getting hints following their previous report that Punk wanted to come back to AEW that the wheels for that were already in motion.
Fightful notes that they were told that the June 21 episode of AEW Dynamite ‘would be interesting’, and a date to look out for. The company later went on to announce that the show would be taking place in Chicago’s Wintrust Arena.
Fightful has learned since then that, as of today (April 13, 2023), the plan has been for Punk to make his return at that show, or at the very least some time around it.
There were also reportedly pitches of announcing it well ahead of time, even around the Warner Upfronts.
Those that have spoken to Fightful have confirmed that Punk has been hoping to work with Omega and the Bucks, but they have not heard of any contact between the two sides, with the last that they heard being that the Elite were ‘not keen’ on the possibility of working with him.
Sources in AEW had indicated that Punk had been attempting to push for a meeting between everyone for ‘quite a while’, but Fightful hasn’t heard if any progress has been made.
It is worth noting that Omega and the Bucks are currently in the process of negotiating new deals with the company.
As well as the Elite, the report says there was also a meeting planned between Punk and Chris Jericho, who have also had their issues in the past, to see if there was a possibility of the two working together.
There has also reportedly been a lot more traction within Warner Bros Discovery about an impending announcement of a prime time Saturday AEW show, designed as a way to create a soft roster split to accommodate the talent who wished to stay separate of the situations.
Talent that spoke to Fightful had heard the discussions about the new show, but not about Punk’s potential impending return.
As always, things can change between now and June 21, as a lot has with this specific situation since the events of All Out in September, and none of this has been set in stone just yet.
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