Report: Some In WWE ‘Absolutely Do Not Want’ CM Punk

Report: Some In WWE ‘Absolutely Do Not Want’ CM Punk WWE

CM Punk and AEW may be negotiating their messy breakup, but attention is moving towards what Punk will do next.

With suggestions that WWE Chief Content Officer Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque’s previous stance on wanting nothing to do with Punk having “softened” to a ‘never say never’ situation, it’s been speculated that WWE may be interested in bringing Punk back.

The new reports of Steve Austin being in discussions with WWE for a WrestleMania return have only served to amplify rumors of a potential Punk comeback for a dream match between the two.

This may not be the desire of some people in WWE though, as it appears some sources are concerned with how things transpired in AEW and the negative reception that Punk had in the locker room whilst there.

Dave Meltzer spoke about the feeling towards CM Punk in more detail on Wrestling Observer Radio, saying:

“I know people in WWE who absolutely do not want him (Punk) there, but they are not the people on the creative team.

“Everyone knows what happened in AEW, it’s like, ‘Do we really want that? Do we need that? No we don’t need that, we don’t really want that’.

“But at the end of the day, it’s not their decision. It’s the decision of Nick Khan and Stephanie and Paul (Triple H).

“Paul may just go in there and go, ‘Look what happened, we don’t need it’. And they don’t. They don’t need it, and he may just do that.

“If it was Vince, Vince would do it I think, with that kind of money at stake.”

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The question over the importance of name value and money is an interesting one that any company that recruits CM Punk would have to address.

There are also still potential legal/contractual issues, as Meltzer pointed out that there are still “a lot of issues” to be settled between Punk and AEW.

The last word was that Punk and AEW were negotiating a buyout of his contract, but there was a hangup over the non-compete length.

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1 year ago by Dave Adamson


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