With ALL IN emanating from Chicago, Illinois on September 1, 2018 there had been lots of hope and speculation amongst the wrestling community that this might possibly be when we finally see a CM Punk return to wrestling.
There were reports that Punk was backstage at the ALL IN announcement a few months back in Chicago, and that only fueled the speculation further. Not long after Punk was interviewed and asked about a possible appearance at ALL IN, and Punk revealed that nobody has ever approached him about it. Well, according to a recent interview Cody Rhodes did with Wrestling Inc, Cody that does not appear to be the case at all.
Cody revealed that while he personally didn’t speak to CM Punk about ALL IN, that Matt Jackson of The Young Bucks did. He said that Matt made Punk an offer, but that it doesn’t appear that Punk is going to accept it at this point.
Regarding CM Punk’s offer to appear at ALL IN, Cody said:
“I talked to [Punk] just vaguely. He even at one point said ‘nobody’s asked me — hey here’s how much we’ll pay you and here’s who you’ll wrestle.’”
“Matt [Jackson] actually made a full offer or full pitch for his services and I think Punk is focused on the Mixed Martial Arts element of his career.”
“One of the reasons we didn’t first come out and say, ‘here’s who we want you to wrestle,’ because I think we just wanted him to be a part of the event for a lot of fans, he’s captured their imagination even with the amount of time he’s been gone. He has a mythical presence to them. I thought it would be good for him to connect with them, but that’s me, you know?”
“Nobody owns Punk but Punk, so if he wants to do Mixed Martial Arts, go for it. He was always very nice to me and helpful to me in OVW. I always looked at All In with the perspective that it’s about the present and future of the industry and not really about cheap pops, even though I’m sure they’ll be plenty of those on the show. Matt had reached out to [Punk] and made him a real offer. I think Punk is set on not being part of it.”
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