Rumor Roundup Jan 14: CM Punk’s Return, Velveteen Dream, Vince McMahon Buried EC3

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CM Punk Teases Royal Rumble Return

WWE’s first pay-per-view of 2020, Royal Rumble is about two weeks away and CM Punk could be eyeing his grand in-ring return at the gala event.

After Edge was rumored to be a surprise entrant at this year’s Rumble, Paige joked that she might enter the men’s elimination match at #2 to face Brock Lesnar and earn her WrestleMania title shot. Now, Punk himself has joined the party by teasing his much-awaited in-ring return at the Rumble.

The 2014 Royal Rumble pay-per-view marked the last performance of the Second City Saint after which he unceremoniously quit WWE and closed the door on pro wrestling. Now that Punk is back on WWE programming, the timing couldn’t be any more perfect for him to return to the squared circle and score the biggest pop in the history of the business.

Vince McMahon “Gave Up” On EC3

EC3 was among the most promising future main eventers on the main roster but his career went deep south after his RAW debut and despite fans rallying the former NXT wrestler on social media, WWE refused to position him as a top tier Superstar.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that Vince McMahon has already given up on pushing EC3 and there’s nothing RAW Executive Director Paul Heyman can do about it.

“I think that Vince gave up on EC3 real fast and I don’t think they — you know they did a tryout with EC3 in April putting him together with Drake Maverick like they were in TNA and Vince hated that too so I don’t think this is a Paul [Heyman] call.”

Maverick Was Set To Manage Corbin

Drake Maverick is one of the most versatile talents in WWE today. Not only is he the General Manager of 205 Live, but he’s also in the chase for the 24/7 Title, and has proven to be an entertaining figure on the main roster.

Dave Meltzer revealed on Wrestling Observer Radio that Maverick was originally slated to become King Corbin‘s manager, but WWE scrapped the plan eventually. It is to be noted that the British Superstar holds the accolade for managing AOP for a short period.

“[Drake Maverick] is still General Manager of 205 Live. He never did end up managing Baron Corbin which was the original plan. You know, we never did find out who the guy was under the ring tripping Roman Reigns.”

Velveteen Dream’s Return

Velveteen Dream‘s serious back injury forced WWE to write him off TV by having him drop the NXT North American Championship to Roderick Strong at TakeOver this past September. The 24-year-old Superstar is yet to receive a timetable for his return although he stands as the odds-on the favorite to win the Men’s Money In The Bank Match this year.

Dave Meltzer reports that there’s still no word on Dream’s current status.

“I have not heard anything about him in a long time. I know the injury was pretty serious […] back injury.”

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.