Billi Bhatti said on Keepin’ it 100 that a member of FTR called WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H to defend former AEW World Champion CM Punk and mentioned AEW’s unprofessional backstage environment. He mentioned a gaming room and after-show parties at the hotel. It seems that the member of FTR is likely helping CM Punk’s chances of returning to WWE, as Triple H can relate with Punk’s mindset.
CM Punk was reportedly involved in an altercation following the conclusion of the All Out pay-per-view. During the post-AEW All Out media scrum, CM Punk blasted Colt Cabana, Hangman Page, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks. Punk utterly buried Page and Cabana in particular while blaming the Bucks and Omega for being incompetent EVPs. It has been further noted that CM Punk is suspended alongside Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Pat Buck, Chris Daniels, Michael Nakazawa, and Brandon Cutler. This has led to speculation of Punk returning to WWE soon.
CM Punk could join NWA?
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan sat down with NBC Sports’ Steve Fall to talk about NWA Hard Times 3 which takes place on November 12.
Corgan was asked if he would be interested in bringing CM Punk into the NWA:
“I know him personally and I haven’t talked wrestling with him for years, so I would be hard pressed to imagine he’d want to come to the NWA given his other opportunities. Certainly, there are other companies that are bigger and can offer him a bigger payday. I’d be surprised if he leaves AEW. I’ve heard those rumors too, but I just imagined that it would be worked out. So until it’s official, official, I’ll just assume that he’s going to stay and they’re going to figure it out because I think he’s a benefit and a bonus to them. I think the same in reverse.
I think they’ve done a good thing of bringing him back to professional wrestling where he belongs because he’s such an immensely talented guy. So you know, look, it’s wrestling, a lot of rumors, a lot of talk. For all we know, it’s just part of a bigger negotiation going on behind the scenes that he’s gonna leave, and he’s still gonna stay. It’s wrestling. So why wouldn’t we think it’s an angle on some other level? I tend to look at those things sideways. Plus, I also don’t want to be in the business of trying to openly recruit people who work for other companies. I don’t like when people do it to me. I could name names, but I just think when people are under contract, that should be respected as best as possible.”