- CM Punk returned to the WWE after nine years following his sacking from AEW
- On Sunday, the 45-year-old made a surprise appearance on NXT Deadline
The reasons between CM Punk’s surprise NXT Deadline appearance have now been revealed.
Just weeks after being sacked by AEW, Punk returned to the WWE in November, having left the company nearly a decade ago on frosty terms.
Following his return, Punk made an appearance at WWE NXT Deadline on Saturday night and it’s left fans eager to know which brand he’ll be signing with.
Since returning to the WWE, the former world champion has appeared on both RAW and SmackDown before now appearing on NXT.
The reasons behind Punk’s return have now been revealed, as fans query as to whether he could be signing with NXT.
CM Punk returned to the WWE in November, having left the company nearly a decade ago on frosty terms
Punk was one of WWE’s biggest stars before he left in 2014 – citing creative frustrations as well as anger over his medical care at the time
PWInsider report that Punk’s appearance was pitched on Friday at the WWE SmackDown taping.
Per the report, Punk was not hidden backstage, and he was available to NXT talent throughout his time at the venue.
Meanwhile, Haus of Wrestling report that Punk was described as being ‘great around everyone’ backstage at the show.
Punk’s interactions with Triple H, the WWE Chief Content Officer, were said to be ‘legit’ very good as well. The report also notes that sources continue to indicate that Punk has seemed very happy since his return.
Reports recently emerged hinting at a secret and rare clause being written into Punk’s WWE contract to ensure that things all go swimmingly.
According to reports, Punk’s new deal with WWE includes a behaviour clause which could potentially allow his employers to terminate the deal if he should act out.
The existence of a clause has, however, not yet been confirmed.
Should there be a behaviour-related agreement between the two parties, it might not come as much of a surprise given the American’s history.
He was released by AEW earlier this year after a second back-stage brawl, this time with Jack Perry at All In.
The 45-year-old had notably previously clashed in 2022 with Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, so there is certainly potential scope for bad behaviour from Punk.