In the world of professional wrestling, few names evoke as much passion and speculation as CM Punk’s. Since his departure from AEW, the wrestling community has been abuzz with rumors of his potential WWE comeback. While the wrestling juggernaut has remained tight-lipped about any negotiations, they haven’t shied away from dropping conspicuous references to the iconic wrestler on their flagship shows, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. With the most recent nod to Punk, fans are left hoping for a triumphant return.
Previously, references to CM Punk were subtle, often limited to a brief mention in commentary or a sly reference in a wrestler’s promo. However, WWE has taken a more overt approach this time. They recently posted a clip-on Instagram showcasing Shinsuke Nakamura executing Punk’s legendary GTS (Go to Sleep) maneuver on Ricochet. The comments section was immediately flooded with excitement and anticipation regarding Punk’s possible return.
But it doesn’t stop there. The USA Network’s official account, the broadcasting home of WWE, left a comment on the post that simply read, “Best in the world.” For fans, this phrase has become synonymous with CM Punk. The WWE’s approach has shifted from subtle to downright bold.
It is worth noting that this lack of subtlety is surprising, especially considering the conflicting rumors about CM Punk’s status. Fightful Select reported that neither side is actively engaged in discussions about a potential return, and Dave Meltzer, on Wrestling Observer Radio, mentioned WWE’s hesitancy due to concerns about Punk’s past conduct in AEW.
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However, fans are well aware that rumors should be taken with a grain of skepticism. They don’t provide concrete answers regarding Punk’s WWE future. Instead, they lead us down the path of uncertainty, much like the time when Punk walked away from the WWE years ago. During that period, the WWE capitalized on the “will he, won’t he” speculation surrounding Punk’s return. One memorable moment included Punk’s theme music hitting at a Monday Night Raw in Chicago, only for Paul Heyman to appear and address the audience.
As history tells us, CM Punk didn’t return to WWE during that episode. But the company kept the flames of speculation alive, even if the reality behind the scenes was quite different.
Now, as WWE keeps dropping these conspicuous hints, it leaves us pondering whether they are preparing for CM Punk’s grand return at Survivor Series in Chicago or merely capitalizing on the buzz. WrestleTix has already reported that the pay-per-view event is sold out, more than a month ahead of time. Many fans bought their tickets in the hope that CM Punk would make a comeback. We can only hope that WWE delivers, ensuring that fans’ excitement and anticipation are rewarded.
Stay tuned to Monday Night Raw on USA Network, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET every Monday, as we eagerly anticipate more clues about the potential return of CM Punk and other thrilling storylines unfolding in the world of professional wrestling.