Phillip Jack Brooks, known as CM Punk, has earned a reputation in the world of professional wrestling, not only for his in-ring persona but also for his involvement in backstage drama. Now, it has been a month since AEW parted ways with the controversial star following a backstage altercation with Jack Perry. As rumors swirl about Punk’s next move, the 44-year-old wrestler has dropped a highly cryptic message, leaving fans and pundits speculating about his future.
CM Punk’s Intriguing Instagram Story Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select recently shared CM Punk’s Instagram story, which featured a screenshot from Marvel Comics. In the panel, a dialogue unfolds between Iron Man and Dr. Doom, a conversation that carries significant meaning, especially in the context of CM Punk’s wrestling journey. The dialogue reads, “So from that moment, our Truce will extend for 24 hours, during which neither of us will launch any aggression against the other, either personally or indirectly, agreed?” In response, Dr. Doom says, “The terms are acceptable, if not satisfactory.” This enigmatic message hints at an important clause that could impact Punk’s future endeavors.
The Enigma of the Non-Compete Clause Wrestling promotions typically enforce non-compete clauses, which prevent released talent from competing in rival promotions for a period ranging from 30 to 90 days. However, these clauses do not apply when a talent’s contract naturally expires, as seen in the case of Edge. The clause becomes active if a talent departs the company prematurely before their contract concludes. CM Punk’s message may serve as a reminder to his fans that he remains bound by the constraints of this clause. However, the duration of his specific non-compete period remains undisclosed.
Speculation Surrounding WWE Survivor Series Amidst these uncertainties, speculations have arisen regarding CM Punk’s potential involvement in the upcoming WWE Survivor Series, scheduled for November 25th, 2023. These speculations gained momentum when Punk dropped a major hint a few weeks ago. During his guest commentary appearance at the Caged Fury Fighting Championship, a fellow commentator playfully remarked that Punk had plenty of free time. In response, Punk revealed that he had two months of free time specifically. Given the typical duration of non-compete clauses, which can range from 30 to 90 days, it appears that Punk’s clause lasts for 60 days. If this holds true, it positions him for a possible return to the ring just before Survivor Series.
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CM Punk’s enigmatic message has added another layer of intrigue to his wrestling journey. His potential return to WWE, especially in the midst of release controversy, has captured the imagination of wrestling fans worldwide.