CM Punk returns to WWE if AEW proceeds with contract buyout : We’ve been receiving no developments on AEW’s probe of the post-All Out altercation between CM Punk & Ace Steel and The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega for weeks. It was claimed that the possibility of law suits was impeding development.
However, after the release of Ace Steel this week, backstage conversations regarding the circumstance resumed, primarily off-the-record.
As a result of the brawl as well as his conduct during the press scrum that preceded & probably triggered the incident, Dave Meltzer’s insiders have provided him a fairly significant update about what’s happening between Punk & AEW.
Punk might not be willing to return to AEW again, once released
Punk and AEW are in discussions about the future, but it currently seems unlikely that he will return to AEW ever.
A buy-out of the rest of the time of Punk’s term was being discussed, according to people who have direct access to the matter, which indicated that they are hardly interested in bringing him back.
WWE’s interest in CM Punk puts AEW in a catch 22 situation
An intriguing twist might well have occurred in the ongoing saga surrounding CM Punk’s AEW future. According to a recent source, Punk’s release from the company may be delayed because of possible interest from WWE.
AEW wants to have Punk released, but at the same time Tony Khan would not want to let WWE have Punk on board. So AEW is in a clear dilemma due to the recent developments.
Buyout of contract would mean CM Punk returns to WWE
The non-compete clause is allegedly the current bottleneck. The non-compete clause is only a problem when Punk wishes to join WWE, of course.
Otherwise, there is no requirement for a non-compete clause if he decides against joining WWE. But again, no buyout of the contract happens in that situation.
Only AEW and WWE are capable of paying him close to the amount he was receiving. So if the buyout of contract happens, it would only mean CM Punk returns to WWE.
Thus, the implications of Punk’s future action appear to be a stumbling block in the negotiations between AEW and Punk regarding his departure.