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 of 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, 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 last year.
During the post-AEW All Out media scrum, CM Punk verbally attacked Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. Sean Ross Sapp revealed that many talents want AEW to fire CM Punk.
Several AEW talent have told us they don’t know how Punk couldn’t be let go after how things went.
According to Sean Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, the AEW locker room is almost unanimously against CM Punk after the brawl.
Almost unanimously, the talent that we’ve spoken to haven’t been in favor of the way CM Punk handled things at all that evening. Even talent that typically would back Punk up either said that’s not what they would have done, or haven’t commented to us.
A Reddit user on Squared Circle recapped Sapp’s YouTube stream: He received a text at 05:00, followed up by a phone call at 05:30, that suggested that Discovery wasn’t happy about the situation. He originally wasn’t going to talk about it, but since people keep shit-talking his journalistic skills (my words, not his), he decided to. He prefaced it as “incredibly, remarkably unconfirmed”, but Punk may have received an email saying that he was expected to be fired or that led him to expect to be fired, with a meeting scheduled for 13:00. He emphasised that this was not confirmed.
Several AEW talent have told us they don't know how Punk couldn't be let go after how things went. https://t.co/GxtW77fWbs
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) September 6, 2022