Former NXT Champion Knew CM Punk Was Thinking of a Wrestling Return in 2019

Published 10/18/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


When CM Punk took his hiatus from pro-wrestling in 2014, many fans believed that he was done with his career in the squared circle. His departure also convinced not only the fans, but other wrestling entities as well, that Punk would not return after what happened between him and WWE.

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However, everything changed when Punk made his debut in AEW in August this year, which left everyone speechless. But not former NXT Champion, Samoa Joe. In fact, he claims that he always knew that Punk would come back to wrestling.

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In a recent interview, Samoa Joe, who is currently out of action for an indefinite time because of an injury, confessed that even though Punk never mentioned coming back in 2019, Joe knew he [Punk] would.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk and Mark Henry battle during their WWE match at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Samoa Joe always knew CM Punk would come back

Speaking with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle on ‘The Kurt Angle Show’, the three times NXT Champion admitted he knew since 2019 that Punk was eyeing a return to the ring.

Punk appeared backstage for WWE in 2019, which was a part of the deal between WWE and FOX, where Punk would talk about the upcoming talents and storylines in WWE.

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“No, no. If I know one thing about Punk: if he’s out on something, he’s out on it. You won’t see him being around it, you won’t see him looking at it, you won’t see him staring at it, it’s out of his life and the minute I saw him on the FOX set, I knew his eyes were turning back towards it,”

“I think he was just looking for the right place at the right time and he wanted to be happy with it and I think he is. From what I’ve seen, I would gather that he is, so I’m stoked for him and I’m and I’m happy to see him back.” [h/t: Fightful]

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For now, Punk seems happy working with younger talents in AEW and guiding them through the process. However, fans would like to see a championship belt on Punk’s shoulders before he finally rests.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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