It’s been roughly 10 months since former WWE champion and self-proclaimed “best in the world” CM Punk walked out of WWE and subsequently retired from professional wrestling.
In the past 10 months WWE fans have been clamoring to see CM Punk back in a WWE ring. Well according to a report made by WrestleZone, Punk and WWE have now reached some kind of deal that would allow WWE to sell CM Punk related merchandise on their website again.
This past September WWE received a 22-page legal document from CM Punk’s legal team over Punk not being paid his merchandise royalties. Soon thereafter WWE had a fire-sale on all Punk-related merchandise, and subsequently pulled all of Punk’s merchandise from the WWE website.
Also it would appear that WWE is trying to censor any Punk merchandise that appears in the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game, as Punk makes his entrance in a generic gray hooded sweatshirt with no logo on it.
While the new deal between CM Punk and WWE isn’t one that would require Punk to lace up his boots and get back into the ring, it could be the first step to WWE and Punk working together once again, and repairing the bridge that was burnt by Punk when he walked out on the company after the Royal Rumble back in January.
In an interview over the summer CM Punk said that he would “never, ever return” to WWE. However, as any long-time wrestling fan knows, you never say never. Names like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, Bret Hart, and Ultimate Warrior have all walked out of WWE, only to return to the company months and years later.
In the 10 months he’s been gone, CM Punk has never really mentioned WWE in any interview that he’s done. Punk has made appearances on several podcasts, but seems to not want to touch on why he walked out of WWE back in January.
With WrestleMania season coming soon, the CM Punk return rumors will definitely heat up. In an interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, Paul Heyman, who has been Punk’s friend and mentor since Punk signed with WWE just about 8 years ago, said that he doesn’t expect that punk will be back for WrestleMania 31 this coming march, and that he may not even be back for WrestleMania 32 in 2016. However, Heyman reminded everyone that he himself had the intention to never, ever come back to WWE, but after being out of the company for 6 years, Heyman decided to make his return alongside his friend Brock Lesnar.
Regardless of what the reported details of Punk’s deal with WWE are, fans will expect Punk to return sooner rather than later. Unfortunately that probably will not be the case.
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