All Elite Wrestling has already made it abundantly clear that it means business. Signing CM Punk would only cement that fact.
All Elite Wrestling has only officially existed since New Year's Day and the new promotion has already made some pretty big tracks. The entities involved with the promotion came out of the blocks running via its rally last week. That's right, the jam-packed rally in Jacksonville only happened nine days ago. It feels as if it has been months since that happened.
At that rally, a number of the names to have already signed with AEW were revealed. PAC, also known as Neville, Chris Jericho, Britt Baker, and MJF, among others. Since then, rumors have been rife when it comes to who might join them. It's highly likely that Kenny Omega will sign once his contract with New Japan officially ends. There is also talk of some talents jumping ship from WWE.
One of the biggest names that is on the mind of some fans is CM Punk. It's probably not accurate to still call Punk a pro wrestling free agent. He has been out of the business for almost five years and has continually hammered home that he has no interest in returning. However, according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, that hasn't deterred AEW. It has reported that some from the new promotion have been in contact with Punk.
"If he wants to be around wrestling he can call them. They’ve already called him, I know that. He just doesn’t want to be around wrestling," Dave Meltzer explained on Wrestling Observer Radio. Meltzer also pointed out that even though UFC likely has no intention of using him again, Punk is still currently under contract with the MMA promotion.
When it comes to wrestling, there have been so many examples of "never say never" being extremely apt. The name Bret Hart immediately springs to mind. However, Punk might be the first person to actually stick to his word in that regard. He has hinted that he would be open to speaking with AEW in the future, but those waiting for an in-ring return might very well be left disappointed.