WWE’s Interest in CM Punk Not as High as in Cody Rhodes: Reports Suggest Potential Signing
The wrestling world is buzzing with the possibility of WWE making a huge splash by signing CM Punk, who is currently a free agent. However, inside sources indicate that WWE might not be as enthusiastic about this prospect as they were when another former AEW star, Cody Rhodes, became available for signing a year and a half ago.
Reports suggest that the internal buzz surrounding Cody Rhodes’ free agency last year exceeded the current excitement surrounding CM Punk’s availability in WWE.
Cody Rhodes made headlines by being the first major name to transition from AEW to WWE, marking his WWE return as the surprise opponent for Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 38. Since then, Rhodes has firmly established himself as one of WWE’s top stars, culminating in a Royal Rumble win and a main event showdown with Roman Reigns for the undisputed WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania 39.
While WWE’s enthusiasm for signing Punk may not match the excitement for Rhodes, the possibility of signing the enigmatic star remains open. Sources within WWE have not ruled out the idea, especially if it makes good business sense.
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Punk’s history with WWE is complex, as he left the company in less than amicable circumstances in January 2014 and made critical comments about his time in WWE upon joining AEW in 2021. Furthermore, Punk had backstage issues during his AEW tenure, leading to his release, which may be a factor in WWE’s cautious approach due to concerns about potential disruptions to locker room chemistry.
Nonetheless, CM Punk’s status as a massive star and a proven draw in the wrestling world cannot be denied. His potential return to WWE could lead to intriguing matches and rivalries, making it an option worth considering, even if it doesn’t ultimately come to fruition.
WWE Highly Interested in Jade Cargill: Creative Plans in the Works
WWE is reportedly highly interested in signing Jade Cargill, with rumors suggesting that her AEW contract recently expired. According to reports, WWE has been eyeing Cargill for some time, with news of their interest surfacing as early as July.
It appears that Cargill is on the verge of joining WWE, with plans in place for her to report to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Creative plans for Cargill are reportedly already in motion, indicating that WWE views her potential arrival as a significant development.
While the deal between Cargill and WWE has not been officially confirmed, it is believed that WWE made her a substantial financial offer compared to most newcomers. The creative plans for Cargill are said to be geared toward the main roster rather than NXT, and WWE is placing a high priority on her signing.
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Jade Cargill, who entered the wrestling scene in 2020 with no prior in-ring experience, quickly rose to prominence in AEW’s women’s division. Her undefeated streak and reign as the inaugural TBS champion showcased her athleticism, size, strength, charisma, and marketable look. Refining her in-ring skills could solidify her as a top star in WWE, comparable to the likes of Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair, and Rhea Ripley.
Contract Negotiations Update: WWE Reportedly Far Apart on Money with Knight, McIntyre, and Edge
Contract negotiations in WWE seem to be presenting challenges as reports indicate that the company and three top stars are not in agreement regarding financial terms.
LA Knight, Drew McIntyre, and Edge are all reportedly experiencing contract-related disputes with WWE. LA Knight, currently enjoying a significant push, is said to be nearing a new deal with WWE, although no official announcement has been made yet.
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Drew McIntyre, a pivotal figure in WWE since his return in 2017, has faced rumors and speculation about his contract status. While some reports suggest he is under contract until April 2024, the specifics remain uncertain.
Edge, a WWE Hall of Famer, has acknowledged that his contract concludes at the end of September. Contrary to previous reports, he recently clarified that he has not closed the door on WWE and that a contract extension is awaiting his decision.
As key performers who can headline WWE events at any time, resolving these contract negotiations will likely be a priority for WWE in the coming weeks and months.