Yes everyone, it is that time of the week again: talk about CM Punk to AEW where we, as he puts it, “read the tea leaves” and try to work out if he is set to join the promotion.
Punk spoke at length with ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, where he once again reiterated that he is done with wrestling and that he has no plans to join AEW.
Within the interview Punk had some very interesting things to say about AEW management and the contact (or lack thereof) that he has had with them.
When asked about whether there is a relationship between him and AEW, Punk said:
“No. I know they like to talk about me a lot. If I text Matt Jackson, ‘Hey, have a great show tonight,’ which I did when they had their big show in Vegas, that somehow turns into Tony Khan telling people he has a great relationship with me. I’ve said in the past I’ve talked to them, but nothing ever came of anything.”
Raimondi asked Punk whether he feels like there is an expectation from fans that he is going to show up at All Out, which Punk said has been entirely fabricated by AEW and its fans:
“I think if there’s an expectation, it’s purely been built by them. My silence to some fans means something. They’re trying to read the tea leaves, but there’s nothing to read.
I even feel like talking about it may feel like I’m putting some sort of negative slant on it, but I’m really not.
The fact is I know they’ve teased me ad nauseum, and if anybody is gonna get mad it’s at me because I don’t show up. Well then, I don’t know what to tell you. That’s one of those things that’s none of my business.”
When pressed about what he meant by AEW teasing him, Punk said that they constantly talk about him in the media because he is a “popular guy to talk about”:
“They do videos where they talk about me. They’re constantly talking about me in the media. And again, maybe this sounds like I’m badgering them, but I’m not. It’s just something that happens. I’m a popular guy to talk about. But I’m not doing interviews talking about them. If people ask me about it, I say no, I won’t be there.”
Pushing the issue further, Raimondi asked Punk outright whether there was anything imminent with him and AEW. Punk admitted that there had been offers but they had been via text, which says “isn’t really a way to do good business”:
“The last thing I got — I got a text from Cody [Rhodes]. And again, I almost don’t even know how to reply to them sometimes, because if I reply, they do interviews and are like, ‘Oh yeah, I just talked to Punk.’ I’m kind of damned if I do, damned if I don’t. I always think if somebody wants to do business with me, they can come talk to me.
Texting offers isn’t really a way to do good business, at least. It was texted through three people and an offer came in through text. This is like a month ago, maybe.
I think it was just a general offer. I never could have done the last one in Vegas because I was in California.”
Punk then once again reiterated that he “doubts” he will be involved with wrestling in any way by the end of 2020 and that he is a very different person to what he was in 2011 when he did his famous pipe bomb promo and indeed since he left WWE five years ago.
So there you have it, AEW want Punk, he doesn’t appear to want anything to do with them and he will not be at All Out or any future AEW show . . . probably.