Former WWE Superstar CM Punk has not been seen on WWE television since the 2014 edition of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He walked out on the company the next day and has not looked back since then. Following his WWE exit, many fans have been wanting to see Punk make his return to the company every year. He has yet to make his return to the squared circle and at this point in time, it seems very unlikely. A WWE Superstar was also previously punished for ripping off CM Punk.
CM Punk has been in talks with AEW for quite a while as indicated by reports and it all came true as The Second City Saint made his return to pro wrestling on AEW Rampage: The First Dance back in August.
Bruce Prichard recently spoke on his podcast and revealed that there were many backstage in WWE who simply doubted CM Punk when he made his debut back at WWE Survivor Series 2006.
“I think from the day that Punk stepped into the WWE locker room, that there was that perception from a lot of people, until, you know, Punk actually did it. Despite that, there were still the doubters in that regard. But at this time, I really don’t think it was just Triple H. It was a lot of the old-timers that viewed him, ‘What the hell is this guy?’ Punk was brand new here.”