More details have now come to light regarding the backstage reaction in WWE to AEW seemingly signing CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.
It was previously reported by Ringside News that WWE had no interest in negotiating with Punk despite the potential of him joining AEW, and another new report appears to back that up.
The belief among management appears to be that not getting Punk isn’t a big loss, but losing Daniel Bryan is.
Speaking on the Mat Men podcast, Andrew Zarian said:
“There’s a lot of rumors that Vince is very upset and management is very angry, how could they let these two go? I think Daniel Bryan is the disappointment for them, CM Punk not so much. There’s no buzz that I’m hearing coming from the office side that, ‘We f’d up by not signing him (Punk)’. There’s a lot of people that think his stock is not what it normally would be. They think his UFC losses hurt him. A lot of people worked with him when he was very unhappy and I think that’s the memory that they have. I’m saying from management, not the talent. I think the talent knows what a big deal this is.
“A certain network is not very happy (about) the CM Punk stuff… WWE, they are not very concerned about CM Punk. They know it’s a big get for AEW but they were not negotiating to bring him. However, I would say that Daniel Bryan is a big hit for them.”
AEW has now made a number of major hints that CM Punk will be debuting soon, to the point that if he doesn’t, it probably isn’t going to go down well.
Quotes via WrestlingNews.co