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“The Reason It Might Be…”: Hall of Famer Talks About Why CM Punk’s WWE Return Isn’t Farfetched

Published 01/22/2023, 12:00 PM EST

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Pro wrestling is often described as a place where anything can happen. Although it may seem like a cliche, over the years, WWE has epitomized this belief. In fact, we only have to look at the recent return of Vince McMahon to WWE as a prime example of its unpredictable nature. Moreover, wrestlers who burnt bridges pretty badly returned to the company and were welcomed with open arms in the years gone by. And now WWE’s Senior Vice President of Live Events, Road Dogg believes that there is a possibility of CM Punk making a WWE return. After his involvement in the “brawl out” following the All-Out pay-per-view there have been doubts about his wrestling future. But Road Dogg believes WWE may be open to a return of the Second City Saint.

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Road Dogg believes CM Punk is still a draw

CM Punk left WWE in 2014 in acrimonious circumstances after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Punk then returned to pro wrestling seven years later when showed up at AEW The First Dance event on Rampage. He quickly got the main event spot, and everything seemed fine. He became the Undisputed AEW World Champion following a win over Jon Moxley at All Out pay-per-view. But he went on a rant about some of the wrestlers in the locker room during a media conference afterwards.


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This led to an infamous ‘brawl out’ with Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, and all of them were eventually suspended. And even though Omega and the Young Bucks have returned to AEW, CM Punk is nowhere to be seen. There have been no reports on his plan to return to the ring for Tony Khan’s promotion. Meanwhile, there has been speculation that Punk may be heading back to WWE. Speaking on a recent live exclusive of his ‘Oh.. You Didn’t Know’ podcast, Road Dogg left the door open for Punk to make a shock return to WWE.


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Road Dogg said that Punk was still a draw and believes he has got another run in him. He said, “WWE could give Punk another opportunity if it made business sense. Road Dogg said, “Never say never with these guys. They will give you a second chance. [WWE] will give you an opportunity if it’s business savvy, and bringing him back might be. The reason it might be is because he’s a needle mover.” 

There have been reports of Punk waiting on his contract to expire or someone buying him out of it. There is little doubt that Punk holds enormous star power even after his recent fallout with AEW. During his run at the top of WWE, he attracted a lot of viewers due to his in-ring persona. With so much history behind him now, he could again get more people tuning in to WWE if he shows up.


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The idea of CM Punk in a WWE ring in 2023 may appear difficult at the moment. But with the recent return of Vince McMahon, suddenly nothing seems unfathomable. As fans know, Vince McMahon is a businessman above all else and has often put aside past issues to make things work. As such, don’t be surprised if McMahon pulls off a major coup and gets Punk back in WWE.

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Written by:

Sherjeel Malik


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Sherjeel Malik is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports. He has been a passionate Wrestling fan since childhood and his all-time favorites include 'The Hardy Boyz' and Randy Orton. Sherjeel also follows soccer religiously and is a Liverpool fan.
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Debmallya Chakraborty