This Saturday, CM Punk will return to Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling and main event the debut episode of their new TV show ‘AEW Collision’ on TNT.
Punk will team up with AEW World Tag Team Champions FTR and take on ROH TV Champion Samoa Joe and Bullet Club Gold (Jay White & Juice Robinson) in a Trios Match.
On last night’s Dynamite, a vignette aired for Punk’s return, where the former 2-time AEW World Champion said the following:
“The only thing that’s certain about CM Punk is that nothing is certain. I’m coming back for the same reasons I came to AEW in the first place – I got a score to settle.
There’s still things left to do. Saturday, the 17th of June, Collision, the United Center, I won’t know what I’m gonna do or say, till I have that microphone in my hand.
I have a lot of things to get off my chest.”
You can watch it below:
— AEW on TV (@AEWonTV) June 15, 2023
PWTorch reported the following about Punk earlier today:
“I am under the impression between now and Saturday, there’s going to be something that comes out that media wise is not gonna help matters, probably.
I don’t mean to be cryptic but I haven’t heard the details or seen enough to say much but yeah, I just don’t know.
I just think it’s gonna be one of those weeks, I’ll put it that way… From what I’m hearing behind the scenes in AEW, it’s just gonna be one of those weeks.”
The Wrestling Observer later reported that Punk did an interview with ESPN, and some comments from Punk in this interview didn’t sit well with some of the AEW talent.
Fightful Select later added:
“There are a lot of facets to this that have unraveled since then that may become more clear. We’re told that an ESPN interview is supposed to drop sometime soon, where Punk was talking about a number of topics.
Among those topics was The Elite, and word got back to several on the roster at the June 14 AEW Dynamite tapings, and some of it didn’t go over well based on second-hand reports of what Punk said, which could be seen as ‘his version of what is true’.
We’re told that AEW did set up the interview and monitored things, but that CM Punk spoke in a way that would blur the lines, and create buzz for upcoming shows.
Specifically, we’d heard that he’d answered questions in a way that would make the audience wonder if it was him angling for a story, or if he was shooting.
We aren’t sure what eventually will make it into the final ESPN piece, but we heard that the interview was conducted last week. We’re told that Punk was very aware that it could come off polarizing based on his responses.”
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