For months it has been rumored and now it appears that CM Punk’s contract with the WWE is indeed coming to an end over the next couple of weeks.
The current storyline heading into WWE Money in the Bank is a very interesting storyline for many wrestling fans as CM Punk proclaimed this past Monday Night on RAW that on July 17th (the date for M.I.T.B.) it will be his last day with the WWE and on July 18th he will be a “free man.” The storyline also states that CM Punk plans on taking the WWE Championship with him wherever he may end up next whether it is another wrestling ring or maybe his own living room couch.
Instead of breaking down the actual beginning of the WWE Championship storyline that will take us into Money in the Bank, let’s look at the big picture if it is true that Punk is after all leaving the WWE come Monday July 18th. Rumors believe that to be true while some may think that Punk could be staying longer or maybe even signing a new contract. The only people that actually know what CM Punk’s next steps may be are Vince McMahon & CM Punk himself.
Punk has two options if he wants to wrestle in the squared circle. One is of course Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling and the other is to make his return to where he got one of his first breaks in wrestling, Ring of Honor (ROH) wrestling. With that being said lets take a look at the first option being TNA wrestling.
While I doubt CM Punk would end up in TNA (again…remember his brief run?) wrestling, he does have some intriguing storylines that could entice him to go to the Florida promotion. Jeff Hardy could make his return (as a face) after his alleged “under the influence” incident at a PPV match with Sting and who could be his heel? Who already have a history with him in another promotion? Who (for what we are told/see) does Jeff Hardy have a distaste for because he (and I quote) said in a YouTube video that he “made” a certain wrestler?
A CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy feud in TNA could be very fun and entertaining to watch & an actual feud that could bring wrestling fans to watch Impact wrestling on Thursday nights. There definitely is interest there stemming from what we believe to be legit heat between the two. Hardy had an alleged substance abuse problem (again) while Punk is “the straight edge superstar.” A program between the two could equal some pretty good money.
Another option for CM Punk is to go back to his roots and give us more great Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk matches that we were accustomed to back in the early 2000’s when they were tearing up the Indy scene. It appears Punk & Joe are friends on the outside of the wrestling world and another feud/series of matches between the two could be another reason for TNA wrestling to try & sign Punk if he is too be a free agent. There are two feuds that could go on for six months of the year that, if done properly, could not only save TNA, but make them a legit contender in the wrestling world.
Then there is of course CM Punk’s old stomping ground, Ring of Honor. ROH has a new owner and a bigger train financially supporting them, Sinclair Broadcasting Group & this could be the “big signing” that could make an impact from ROH in the wrestling world. If Sinclair wants to prove to everyone that they are for real and plan on making ROH a legit contender then they need to sign CM Punk.
CM Punk returning to Ring of Honor wrestling would shake the very foundation in wrestling as we have never seen a former World Champion in WWE return to their stomping grounds. It would be as if Mick Foley in the late-90s returning back to ECW, it is something that has been unprecedented in wrestling. Punk was backstage at a recent ROH show when they were in Atlanta for Wrestlemania weekend so he still must have a decent relationship with his former employers.
After all this discussion CM Punk may actually just take some time off and disappear from the wrestling world. He certainly has worked his tail off the last ten plus years and taking time away to just relax & recharge the batteries is something he deserves. But you have to figure that the “wrestling bug” could still be there and you have to look at different options the talented CM Punk has.
Who knows, after all this discussion, he may have signed a new contract with the WWE and fooled us all.
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