CM Punk to appear on an AEW Show? Well according to Cody Rhodes that is a 50/50 chance. Cody and Brandi Rhodes both appeared on Collider Live where they spoke about the possibilities of CM Punk appearing on an AEW show.
When asked about CM Punk ever joining AEW, Cody didn’t rule it out. “50-50. I really like Phil and he was really nice to me when I was in OVW, as kind of a leader. He was a locker room leader and then he had such a successful run in the WWE. I never really had an advisory relationship with him.”
Back in July, Punk interviewed with ESPN where he spoke about AEW and his relationship with them, if any. “No. I know they like to talk about me a lot. If I text Matt Jackson, “Hey, have a great show tonight,” which I did when they had their big show in Vegas, that somehow turns into Tony Khan telling people he has a great relationship with me. I’ve said in the past I’ve talked to them, but nothing ever came of anything.”
These comments a month before AEW’s All Out PPV in Chicago, quickly killed an rumors that Punk would make a surprise appearance. Speaking to Collier Live, Cody explained why “they talk about Punk”. “I know he doesn’t like when we discuss him, but I think I even explained to him once, a lot of people ask us about you. I don’t want to say no comment.”
Punk also mentioned to ESPN during the interview in July, that he had receive an offer viatext. Cody Rhodes says it was more than just a text. “Perhaps he doesn’t want to be involved in wrestling at all any more. And if that’s the case no big deal. You gave us your body. You gave us this body of work. CM Punk was an awesome wrestler, but he did kinda make us look like, kinda like dumb asses. Saying we sent he a text offer. I’m sure we text him, but we also called him. Someone else also met you in a coffee shop. We made genuine efforts.”
Cody and AEW aren’t bothered or concerned about Punk, or anyone that isn’t all in with their vision. “But in this case 2019, it’s quite some time away from the ring, we have to focus on who really wants to be on board with us. Versus going out and finding someone who perhaps doesn’t really want to be part of this,” explains Cody Rhodes.
Although there isn’t any hard feelings between the two, Cody personally did not communicate with Punk since his comments on ESPN. “I’m sure we;’ll run into each other at some point. If he ever wanted to come and be a part of this and he had the passion to come back to wrestling, that door is always open. No eggo, no situation would ever prevent us from having him come in. The fans have never given up on punk. Ever. It’s crazy.”