Chris Jericho recently said during an interview that AEW is so jammed-packed with talent, they certainly don't need CM Punk at this point.
During an interview with Collider Live, Chris Jericho spoke about a wide range of topics including former WWE Champion and UFC competitor CM Punk joining AEW's roster. “Do we need him? No. Would it be a huge pop to get him? Yes.
Jericho went on to say that he doesn't know where Punk is at in terms of his desire to rejoin the wrestling industry. This is course, comes after multiple comments from Punk himself that he would likely never return to the ring. "I don’t know, man. I don’t know what his attitude or mindset is. I think our roster is jam-packed right now," Jericho said.
There have been rumors of Punk signing with AEW all the way back to the inception of the company. For the most part, that's just wishful thinking by a number of fans. AEW's use of stars on their All Out pay-per-view poster and the event taking place in Chicago has only fueled speculation. Still, Jericho doesn't think it's a big deal and that AEW is completely fine without him.
Saying AEW isn't looking to flood the roster with new talent and that they don't headhunt ex WWE stars, he does find is amusing that people assume former stars will show up or that WWE is offering obscene amounts of money to keep stars from leaving. At the end of the day, Jericho says AEW doesn't want to be the WCW of 1998 or TNA in 2011 where they continually brought in former WWE talent.
“We have enough guys that no one has seen before. We got a lot of young guys like Jungle Boy, MJF, both those guys are 23 years old. That appeals to a different demographic. My daughters are 12 and they don’t like wrestling but they like Jungle Boy.”
What This Means
Rumors will always persist that Punk is a mere step away from joining AEW but the reality is, signs point to him not coming. AEW isn't looking to add, Punk says he has no desire to return and WWE would still be happy to add Punk back into the WWE fold if he wanted enough money to make a wrestling return worthwhile.