AEW is the next big thing in professional wrestling as talents from all across the globe are flocking to the upstart promotion.
AEW already has a few big names under its roof, namely Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Dustin Rhodes and Adam Page. However, none of them, not even the combined force arguably matches up to the stardom of, and craze for, the longest-reigning WWE Champion of The Modern Era, CM Punk.
In 2014, Punk left WWE unceremoniously and was handed his release on the day of his wedding. The Chicagoan soon developed a bitter taste for pro wrestling and hooked up with UFC instead.
A few months ago, Punk reportedly showed up at an MKE Wrestling event wearing a mask. The segment was planned beforehand but no one imagined the Second City Saint to show up and deliver an iconic GTS!
His masked appearance only added fuel to the fire and speculations regarding his return to pro wrestling. Please note that Punk had closed the door on the sport last year and doesn’t seem to be interested in stepping in the ring anymore.
During a recent interview with Collider Live, veteran Jericho addressed rumors of a potential deal between Punk and AEW.
“Do we need him? No. Would it be a huge pop to get him? Yes. I don’t know, man. I don’t know what his attitude or mindset is. I think our roster is jam-packed right now.”
Y2J’s words implied that the possibility of Punk joining the AEW roster is pretty slim at the moment. However, Jericho is known to work the fans via interviews and social media.
“We have enough guys that no one has seen before. We got a lot of young guys like Jungle Boy, MJF, both those guys are 23 years old. That appeals to a different demographic. My daughters are 12 and they don’t like wrestling but they like Jungle Boy.”
Jericho made it known that AEW doesn’t plan to establish itself as WCW (in 1998) or TNA (in 2011) by aggressively signing former WWE Superstars.
Punk is currently pursuing a career in color commentary and doesn’t seem to be getting physical again, be it in the Octagon or squared circle.