In a surprising turn of events, former WCW boss Eric Bischoff has stirred the wrestling world with his thoughts on the possibility of CM Punk making a return to WWE. This speculation comes hot on the heels of the recent termination of Punk’s contract by AEW’s Tony Khan, which left the wrestling community abuzz with questions about the future of the former AEW World Champion.
Last weekend, Tony Khan announced the shocking news that CM Punk had been released from his AEW contract, citing a backstage altercation with Jake Perry that escalated into a confrontation with the AEW head honcho himself, Tony Khan. This abrupt exit from AEW has left Punk as a free agent, sparking widespread speculation about his next career move.
Eric Bischoff, a respected figure in the wrestling industry and a Hall of Famer, has shared his perspective on this intriguing development. Speaking on Strictly Business, Bischoff delved into the potential scenario of CM Punk returning to WWE, a prospect that would undoubtedly make waves in the world of sports entertainment.
Bischoff believes that if Punk can align his goals with WWE’s vision and approach the situation in the right way, it could be a mutually beneficial endeavor for both parties. However, he also issued a word of caution, emphasizing that the former WWE Champion would need to address his personal issues before any successful return could materialize.
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“The culture in WWE, I don’t think, is going to be such or is such that he’s burned too many bridges and there’s no way,”
“I don’t believe that at all. I believe it’s all up to Phil Brooks and how honest he’s capable of being with himself. And what his goals are. He may have enough money in the bank after this last run to not give a f***.”
Bischoff went on to highlight the potential benefits of a CM Punk WWE return, emphasizing that it could be a positive move for both the wrestler and the company. However, he underscored the importance of Punk addressing any personal challenges that may have hindered his career in the past.
“It could be really good. It could be great for WWE. It could be great for him if he’s willing to do that. If he’s not, then he’s just going to fade away and be a ‘cult’ wrestling star and nobody will remember him 10 years from now.”
Bischoff continued his analysis by calling for Punk to confront his issues and have an honest conversation with WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H. Bischoff believes that if Punk can genuinely convince Levesque of his sincerity, there could be a chance for a successful return, with the WWE environment offering a different dynamic than AEW.
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“However, if Phil can realize that he’s much like anybody that’s got a bad habit, eventually if you’ve got a bad habit that’s holding you back from being more successful, then you’ve gotta fix that bad habit.
If Phil can do that and sit down and have an honest conversation with Paul Levesque — Paul Levesque’s a smart dude. I think if Paul Levesque were to truly believe Phil Brooks, then I think there’s a shot. The situation, the environment would be a lot different in WWE than it was in AEW.”
CM Punk’s departure from AEW was marked by his defense of the “Real AEW World Heavyweight Championship,” a title he believed he had not lost but was stripped of following a backstage altercation with The Young Bucks and Hangman Adam Page. Should Punk decide to return to WWE, it would mark his first in-ring competition for the company since his appearance in the 2014 Men’s Royal Rumble, where he found himself on the receiving end of a chokeslam through a table by Kane.
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This latest twist in the career of the enigmatic CM Punk has left wrestling fans on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this captivating saga.