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Cody Rhodes addresses CM Punk’s AEW comments

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CM Punk recently addressed the idea of going to AEW in an interview with ESPN. Punk vehemently denied that he had worked out a deal to appear at All Out on the weekend of Starrcast III, stating that he was only going to take part in Starrcast itself.

As far as any talks he may have had with the Young Bucks, CM Punk, or Tony Khan, Punk revealed that he’d received an offer via text message, something that didn’t seem to sit well with him.

The last thing I got — I got a text from Cody. And again, I almost don’t even know how to reply to them sometimes, because if I reply, they do interviews and are like, ‘Oh yeah, I just talked to Punk.’ I’m kind of damned if I do and damned if I don’t. I always think if somebody wants to do business with me, they can come talk to me. Texting offers isn’t really a way to do good business, at least.

It was texted through three people and an offer came in through text. This is like a month ago, maybe. I think it was just a general offer. I never could have done the last one in Vegas, because I was in California for CFFC.

Cody responded to the story on Twitter, believing that Punk had been misquoted, as one of them had in fact met with him face-to-face. He also denied offering him a contract through text messages.


  • Whistling Joe

    Believe me, I know Punk alone won’t fix a thing, but him being back might be enough of a distraction to keep people watching a garbage product. Vince’s solution to everything is put a bandage on it. Vince doesn’t want to change; he wants people to enjoy his vision of what he thinks wrestling should be.

  • Keith Learmonth

    I don’t think Punk alone would be enough to fix the product. He means something to a certain section of hard core wrestling fans, but he doesn’t have the mainstream appeal of a Cena type.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Even here, Cody feels the need to bring up WWE.

  • CC

    I dunno. Punk, whether you like him or not, is usually a straight talker.
    And this is not the first time he has said they have offered him things via text as they did the same thing when they were putting on All in.

    I would think that as these guys are not traditional business men and think that as they are wrestlers they can deal with people in a more relaxed way, that they would indeed text offers to people. I can especially see the Bucks doing that.
    It would probably work with a lot of guys, but everyone knows how Punk roles, and he would most certainly want a more professional approach.

  • Whistling Joe

    Once football starts, WWE may have no choice BUT to bring Punk back. Cena’s gone, they can’t do legends shows every week, and Fox will find a way out of their obligation if the ratings don’t increase. I’m not saying I necessarily want Punk back, he’s a bit entitled and a not very good person in real life, but WWE needs to do something and I don’t know if Bischoff and Heyman can fix the product when every star on the roster has been overexposed, booked into oblivion, or both. Just look at the entire Raw tag division. Tell me there’s any way to rehab it. The Lucha House Party are basically jobbers. Hawkins and Ryder aren’t credible. The Revival are barely credible. The Usos are beyond stale and are overexposed. AOP is MIA. The Viking Raiders are apparently going to wrestle jobbers forever.