UPDATE: More on this story can be found at this link.
All the latest on what happened at WWE Raw in Chicago last night, with CM Punk briefly in attendance at the show backstage.
PWInsider broke the news ahead of the April 24 episode of Raw, mentioning that among the people Punk spoke with were Paul Levesque (Triple H) and The Miz.
The exact wording was that Punk and Miz “cleared the air” about the issues they’d had in the past.
There was also a video circulating of Punk talking with Tamina in the parking lot. Fightful Select reported Punk was seen with Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley as well.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that Levesque was the “main guy” Punk talked to backstage.
Fightful has also added some details of what happened between Punk and Levesque, reporting that Levesque was “shocked” to see Punk there.
Punk was said to be “looking to have a short talk” with Levesque, and they shook hands.
Punk reportedly asked Levesque if he could stay and hang around, but Levesque told him he’d “have to ask if that would be permitted”.
Evidently it wasn’t, as Punk was asked to leave by security which was said to be a Vince McMahon decision. McMahon wasn’t at the show but was working on creative remotely.
Dave Meltzer also mentioned:
“Apparently he flew from Florida to Chicago on a flight with a lot of the talent.”
When asked “what is going on here?”, Meltzer didn’t give an answer, instead saying:
“If I say what I think, I’ll be as reckless as all the people who say what they say about us, so I’m not gonna say anything. We all have our theories.”
In terms of those “theories”, Fightful Select covered some reactions from WWE and AEW talent, with “numerous” in WWE believing it was a “publicity stunt” ahead of Punk’s upcoming return to AEW.
“Several” AEW talent were reportedly in “disbelief” and “shocked” when they found out the news.
After the story broke, current NXT talent and former Raw star Dijak tweeted:
You know who else is backstage at #WWERaw? A bunch of hardworking talent who bust their ass every week for your entertainment. Enjoy the show, sounds like a HUGE one.
It did end up being a big show, or at least a show that contained a big announcement, as Triple H appeared and revealed the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, which will be the top title on whatever brand Roman Reigns isn’t part of following the WWE Draft.
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