Former AEW World Champion CM Punk was fired from All Elite Wrestling after after an investigation into his fight with “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry backstage at AEW All In was concluded over a week ago.
Following Punk’s release from AEW, speculation about him possibly returning to WWE. It was also reported by Fightful Select that he had considered a return to WWE at the Royal Rumble earlier this year.
WWE President Nick Khan spoke to ESPN and the topic of Punk getting fired from AEW was brought up, and he was asked about the possibility of Punk returning to WWE after almost 10 years.
Nick said that WWE only respects Punk and wishes him the best in his future endeavors following his release from AEW:
“Listen, we only have respect for Phil. We appreciate his run here. We appreciate what he did and tried to do with the UFC. Not many people can actually get in there and do what he did. So, when we have respect for Phil, we wish him nothing but the best.”
The last WWE event Punk worked was Royal Rumble 2014, where he took part in the Royal Rumble match by entering at #1. He eliminated 3 men and got eliminated by Kane, who ended up chokeslamming Punk through the announce table.
After that, Punk returned to the ring after 7 years, in AEW, with his return match taking place at All Out 2021. His run in AEW lasted 2 years, where he was out of action for 9 months straight due to his suspension and injury.
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