WWE released Bray Wyatt today, and TAFKA @FSM_Edit tweeted, “If you know who he is closest to, this won’t be as surprising as it might be to other people.” He then indicated he may go to AEW, “In terms of his wrestling future, I dare say in time he’ll be much more comfortable on the other channel.” WWE were rumored to not know where to go creatively with Wyatt’s The Fiend character, playing a role in the release, and Wyatt not wanting to return at certain points. Bray Wyatt’s WWE firing phone call has leaked, revealing why WWE fired him.
Wyatt wouldn’t be the only big name to jump to AEW. The former WWE star CM Punk is slated to join AEW soon. It is noted that AEW President Tony Khan had Punk on his radar since the inception of the promotion but could not sign him since the Second City Savior had decided not to return to pro-wrestling. With Punk expressing his desire to make his return, Khan is eyeing to have him in the company.
CM Punk was offered a huge contract
Ringside News had previously reported that CM Punk has signed a deal with AEW, but his debut is not known at this point. There have been a lot of talks regarding the debut of Punk in AEW for the past few weeks. He is expected to debut in Chicago.
Fightful Select reported that the word has gotten out about Punk joining AEW as “a more expanded level than the parties associated knew.” It was also said that AEW considered bringing in CM Punk last year, but it was not noted how far along that attempt went. WWE Suffer Massive Blow To SummerSlam
AEW has been showing interest in signing the former WWE Champion since last year. Cody Rhodes had previously confirmed in July 2020 that AEW did offer Punk a contract, but the money he wanted was too high:
“As far as the CM Punk negotiations go, everyone heard the famous ‘he got a text from us’. Yeah, of course, there were negotiations and he did ask for a great amount of money and Punk is worth a great deal of money.”