CM Punk leaves cryptic message for AEW following recent plummeting ratings, attendance

CM Punk was arguably one of the main attractions at AEW. His absence has understandably left a void in the company, which remains to be filled. Following the recent drop in AEW viewership, The Second City Saint has sent a cryptic message on social media, seemingly aimed at his former company.

Despite being a major star in AEW, CM Punk had his fair share of controversies as well. In fact, he was suspended for about 9 months following a backstage altercation at All Out 2022. Shortly after his return, he was suspended again after another backstage fight with Jack Perry, only this time Punk was fired after an investigation.

Punk sends cryptic message to AEW

CM Punk recently took to Instagram to share a story, where he posted an image that said, “Sometimes your value isn’t seen until your absence is felt”. Although it may seem like nothing at first glance, the message seems to be directly aimed at AEW’s recent plummeting ratings.

CM Punk in the ring during AEW Dynamite
CM Punk in the ring during AEW Dynamite at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, via Getty Images

AEW viewership has definitely taken a dive sometime after Punk’s firing in September. There have been fewer fans in the audience for some time now, and some might allude to the reason for it being the abrupt firing of The Second City Saint. His recent post left people wondering whether it was just a random post or a subtle jab at AEW’s low ratings. Perhaps this post is a result of Dave Meltzer’s revelation that Vince McMahon made the choice to no longer work together with CM Punk.

WWE talents braced for CM Punk-related queries

Following CM Punk’s firing from AEW, fans expected him to make his return to WWE eventually. It was even reported a few weeks ago that Punk was in talks with the Stamford-based promotion, and it was a safe bet that he would be making his return to the company soon. However, later reports suggested that WWE apparently denied Punk’s offer to return and that the two sides were not in talks.

CM Punk

It has been reported by Fightful Select that apparently WWE was expecting questions regarding Punk’s return to the company at the post-Fastlane press conference. The Stamford-based promotion apparently prepared Triple H to answer those questions as well.

The Game was supposed to answer that they hold no ill will towards Punk and that the two sides were not in talks with each other. This seemed similar to the answer given by WWE CEO Nick Khan as well. However, they were surprised when no one asked about CM Punk at the post-Fastlane conference.

It’s looking highly unlikely now that Punk will be making his return to WWE anytime soon. Furthermore, his working history with the company is not good either, as he was involved in multiple controversies during his tenure and was fired on his wedding day. Considering that, fans should not expect the Chicago-born superstar to make his return to the Survivor Series this year.


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