• CM Punk Is In Talks For An In-Ring Return, Could Sign With AEW
According to Fightful Select, former WWE Champion CM Punk is planning to return to the world of professional wrestling, this time as a pro-wrestler and not as an analyst (as seen on WWE Backstage on FS1).
AEW is reportedly “the most likely landing point” for Punk, which doesn’t come as a surprise given the history between Punk and WWE.
During an interview with ESPN in July 2019, Punk revealed that AEW officials sent him an offer through a text message, which he didn’t appreciate.
Here’s what Punk said:
“The last thing I got — I got a text from Cody [Rhodes]. And again, I almost don’t even know how to reply to them sometimes, because if I reply, they do interviews and are like, ‘Oh yeah, I just talked to Punk.’ I’m kind of damned if I do, damned if I don’t.
I always think if somebody wants to do business with me, they can come talk to me. Texting offers isn’t really a way to do good business, at least.
It was texted through three people and an offer came in through text. This is like a month ago, maybe.
I think it was just a general offer. I never could have done the last one in Vegas [Double or Nothing], because I was in California for CFFC.”
Punk has noted in the past that the money would have to be right for him to make an in-ring return, which both AEW & WWE are capable of offering.
Punk’s last match took place in January 2014.
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 21, 2005) – Old School WWF Announcer Passed Away
On this day in 2005, we lost Old School WWF Announcer “Lord” Alfred Hayes at the age of 76 after a series of strokes.
Lord Alfred Hayes was considered the voice of the World Wrestling Federation for the 80s & early 90s, hosting popular segments like ‘WWF Update’ and working as a backstage interviewer, commentator and announcer.
In 2018, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of their annual Legacy Wing inductions.
† REST IN PEACE ALFRED HAYES
August 8, 1928 – July 21, 2005