CM Punk was ‘open to the idea of returning to WWE and eyeing up this year’s Royal Rumble’… before he was FIRED by All Elite Wrestling after backstage brawl at Wembley
- CM Punk was dismissed by AEW after taking part in another backstage brawl
- Reports claim he was recently interested in returning to WWE after his 2014 exit
- It has been suggested that Punk specifically wanted a Royal Rumble comeback
CM Punk was recently open to a potential return to WWE, a report has claimed.
Punk was sensationally released by All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after taking part in a backstage brawl with Jack Perry at Wembley on August 27.
A week-long investigation took place to determine his fate, with his wrestler and employment agreements soon terminated with immediate effect.
However, it has now emerged that Punk, whose real name is Phillip Brooks, was interested in bringing his almost decade-long WWE hiatus to an end.
According to WrestlingHeadlines.com, sources close to Punk claim that he was open to quitting AEW in December 2022 and eyeing up a WWE comeback.
CM Punk was recently open to a potential return to WWE, ahead of his AEW sacking
Punk is said to have been eyeing up a comeback at WrestleMania 39 (pictured) this year
At the time, he had been recovering from torn triceps suffered at All Out, as well as the fallout from a real-life scrap with The Elite during the same night.
He is said to have specifically wanted to return at this year’s Royal Rumble.
Another rumour that has circulated focused on the idea of Punk featuring at The Rumble and then facing the wrestler that eliminated him at WrestleMania 39.
Nevertheless, there has been no confirmation on whether WWE would have accepted such an idea, or if AEW had been entertaining Punk’s potential release.
The news of his sacking was confirmed by Tony Khan, AEW’s general manager.
‘Phil played an important role in AEW and I thank him for his contributions,’ he said.
‘The termination of his AEW contracts is ultimately my decision, and mine alone.’