Update: Still ‘A Lot Of Issues’ Between CM Punk & AEW

3 weeks ago by Dave Adamson

Update: Still ‘A Lot Of Issues’ Between CM Punk & AEW AEW

CM Punk continues to be one of the most talked-about names in AEW, which is quite an achievement given his absence from their product.

Having not appeared on AEW television since the post-All Out media scrum on September 4, 2022, it had previously been reported that CM Punk isn’t expected to return to AEW.

It had been previously reported that AEW was in talks with CM Punk to buy out the remainder of his AEW contract, with the hold-up being over the non-compete period.

Naturally, with news that the relationship between Punk and AEW had been irretrievably damaged, talk moved to the possibility of a return to WWE.

Dave Meltzer has weighed in on that possibility on the recent Wrestling Observer Radio, linking CM Punk to recent reports of Steve Austin returning to the ring, saying:

“If you’re looking for the match that’s going to shake up the business, the Punk match is the one, but I don’t know that Punk will have a release (from AEW) – there’s just a lot of issues there.”

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Meltzer went on to add that there are some people in WWE who “absolutely do not want” CM Punk in the company, but ultimately the decision will come down to Nick Khan, Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque (Triple H).

With CM Punk having recently returned to the world of MMA, albeit in a commentary role, and other opportunities no doubt in the pipeline, it remains to be seen whether a return to wrestling is on his list of priorities.

Of the other names involved in the altercation backstage at All Out, Ace Steel was fired, while Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks look set to return to AEW TV at Full Gear on November 19.

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