CM Punk made his return on WWE Backstage earlier this week and sent the WWE Universe into a frenzy when he did so.
In the new edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer breaks down the timeline of CM Punk and his discussions with Tony Khan of AEW.
“Times are competitive and Punk did get offers from AEW, which opened talks with him in 2018, long before anyone knew there was an AEW. When Tony Khan first decided to explore the idea of starting a wrestling company, Punk was one of the first people he contacted.
“According to those with knowledge of the deal, he was given a money offer and obviously he didn’t accept the offer. He had one personal meeting with Khan and the two had dialogue over time. But it went cold at the time AEW as a promotion became very serious and started having legitimate success, although there was contact as late as June based on what Punk has said.”
Over time, CM Punk began to publicly comment on how AEW negotiated with him, feeling it was less than professional.
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