Wrestling aficionados have been on the edge of their seats for two months, eagerly awaiting the return of the self-proclaimed “Best in the World,” CM Punk. After parting ways with AEW in September amid backstage turbulence during AEW ALL IN: London, Punk’s absence has sparked intense speculation about his next move.
The latest buzz centers around the upcoming WWE Survivor Series set to electrify Punk’s hometown of Chicago, with hints suggesting a potential homecoming for the iconic wrestler. Adding fuel to the fire, Shinsuke Nakamura’s mysterious teases on WWE Monday Night Raw have fueled anticipation of a new, unidentified adversary.
Despite a tumultuous relationship between Punk and WWE spanning nearly a decade, the prospect of his return to the sports entertainment giant is not the only sensational scenario in play. The ongoing feud between AEW World Champion MJF, Jay White, and Bullet Club Gold has introduced a mysterious figure donning a devil mask, orchestrating attacks on MJF. Speculation is rife that this devil, set to be unveiled at AEW Full Gear, could be none other than CM Punk himself.
CM Punk’s Social Media Shenanigans: A Chess Game of Teases
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In the world of professional wrestling, surprises are the name of the game, and CM Punk is playing it masterfully on social media. Punk recently took to his Instagram Story, sharing a screenshot of his calorie tracker with the unmistakable strains of “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath in the background. Coincidentally, this iconic track is the official theme of WWE Survivor Series this year. Punk further fueled speculation by revisiting an old WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 commercial where he portrayed the devil, complete with horns and red paint, reminiscing about competing in “the devil’s playground,” WWE’s famed steel structure.
The intriguing twist lies in the fact that both scenarios—Punk returning to WWE and his potential involvement in AEW’s devil storyline—cannot coexist. Many speculate that Punk is relishing in the buzz surrounding his possible return, using these cryptic hints to play mind games with the wrestling community.
Unraveling the Devil’s Persona: AEW’s Intricate Web
While a Punk return to AEW may seem improbable, there are intriguing connections to consider. MJF’s entire “devil” persona draws inspiration from a memorable Punk promo in Ring of Honor back in 2005, where Punk declared, “The greatest thing the devil ever did was make you people believe he didn’t exist.” AEW, since Punk’s departure, has mirrored this sentiment, making fans question the reality of Punk’s potential return. AEW has a track record of executing elaborate storylines, as evidenced by MJF’s strategic absence in the summer of 2022.
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As the wrestling world eagerly awaits AEW Full Gear on Saturday, November 18th, and the WWE Survivor Series on November 25th, the air is thick with anticipation and uncertainty. Will CM Punk make a triumphant return to the squared circle, or is he simply orchestrating an elaborate ruse to keep fans on the edge of their seats? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure—CM Punk has once again become the master puppeteer, pulling the strings of speculation and leaving the wrestling universe captivated by the possibilities that lie ahead.