It is perhaps one of the most tired questions, but could CM Punk be nearing a return? And, the wrestling world reacts to those rumors.
CM Punk Nearing Return
It is without a doubt one of the most asked questions of recent memory: is CM Punk  nearing a return?
The question never goes away, and likely will not…until he actually DOES make a return.
For what seems like forever, following is abrupt WWE departure, fans would regularly chant his name at shows.
The hope was to convince both WWE and CM Punk to get a return in motion.
Thus far, it has not worked. The closest we’ve gotten was Punk joining the team for the short-lived FOX WWE show , but that was more a FOX move, as WWE reportedly had no input in the decision.
So, with arena shows coming back, is CM Punk nearing a return?
Shockingly, the answer is…possibly yes. The curve may be the destination, however.
It has long been noted that CM Punk actually has a relationship with AEW top boss Tony Khan.  That good relationship may be convincing the idle star to return, and to do so with AEW.
Since the promotion was born, AEW has proven to be an attractive option for a number of talents who either wanted less travel or more control or just something different.
Yes, they’ve had some questionable moments, but the good still outweighs the bad.
Now, according to Fightful , CM Punk could be nearing his return. Speculation, both informed and otherwise, seems to expect if he does return, he will show up on AEW.
Adding a talent like CM Punk is big on it’s own. But such a move would also possibly be a blow against WWE too.
It could keep Punk away from WWE, and be just the latest in a long line of free agents the company couldn’t land.
Now, imagine if the Punk return does happen, and AEW lands him…and they also manage to bring in someone like Daniel Bryan?
That may not be a big reach, based on the latest reports on Bryan and WWE. 
Could signings like those be enough to really change things? Might this create a renewed competition?
Wrestling World Reacts To Rumors
Not surprising, with the story out there, the wrestling world reacts to the rumors of an imminent Punk return.
I mean, look at Twitter, it’s a trending topic, and it’s not hard to see why. Check out some of the posts:
CM Punk has been in talks to make his return as an in-ring performer, with sources indicating that AEW is the most likely landing point.
— WrestlePurists (@WrestlePurists) July 21, 2021 
While CM Punk is 42, it’s worth noting he’s three years younger than the current WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, and two years younger than AJ Styles and John Cena.
Even with seven years off, hard to imagine he wouldn’t make a serious impact, despite while some claim. #AEW 
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) July 21, 2021 
If AEW gets Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, AEW is going to be absolutely unmatched 🔥
— The Real One ☄️ (@WWEREALONE) July 21, 2021 
If CM punk goes to AEW. I’ll start watching AEW. I just want to see CM Punk again 8 long years. It’s been too long 🥲. pic.twitter.com/ROE7zE0YtR 
— ❌𝒪𝒷𝐿𝐼𝒱𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝒮𝓉𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓃❌ (@ObLIVionSteven) July 21, 2021 
I think many fans would be excited just to have him back, regardless of AEW or WWE.
Others clearly see him (and Daniel Bryan) as massive stars capable of really boosting AEW.
It will be interesting to see if the rumors are true this time. Surely, if someone within WWE is inclined to bring him back, they may be calling him and offering whatever it takes.
Still, from CM Punk’s history, he won’t just be about the money or the ice cream bars. Wherever he goes, if he comes back, it will be because he wanted to be there, not because someone tossed insane amounts of cash his way.