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"Despite not having wrestled a match since early 2014, CM Punk still continues to be one of the most popular entities in the business. Every now and then, a report or a rumor about Punk’s in-ring return makes rounds on the internet.

However, the closest Punk came to a WWE/pro-wrestling return was his stint on WWE Backstage. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled late last month.

Konnan revealed on Keepin’ It 100 podcast that while he was negotiating with AEW, he got to learn a few details about why the company couldn’t sign CM Punk.

The former WCW Superstar revealed that CM was asking an “astronomical amount of money” to work for AEW. Although the company wanted to work with the former WWE Champion, his demands couldn’t be met and the deal fell through.


'I do remember when you know, I was negotiating with AEW — they were telling me about him. They were telling me that he was asking for like an astronomical amount of money. That they really wanted to work with him.'
Punk’s inclusion on WWE Backstage couldn’t help the show with their poor ratings. However, Punk was reportedly getting paid a good amount of money to make appearances on the show.

Now that WWE Backstage has been canceled, it will be interesting to see where Punk goes to next.

It should be noted that during a Reddit AMA segment back in October, CM Punk was asked about coming back to WWE. Punk explained that it would "have to be a very big bag" in order for him to return. Presumably, he was talking about a large amount of dollars.

Back in March, Dave Meltzer explained that Vince McMahon views CM Punk as the "one man I just can’t do business with." But for what it's worth, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have expressed interest in working with both CM Punk and his wife, A.J. Lee, again."



CM Punk Reportedly Wanted An "Astronomical Amount Of Money" To Work For AEW

Konnan Says AEW Had Interest In CM Punk, Reveals Why They Didn't Sign Him

LOL I KNEW this was the case. He wanted Lesnar money that not even Lesnar was worth. They tried to bring him in and shit fell through because he thinks he's worth more than he is worth. With that being said, I still think Punk would be a huge get even now and I hope he can eventually work something out with Tony.
 

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The most over rated wrestler of all time that had one cool storyline because he was mad and it catered to tha generations nerdy audience . Who the fuck is he with out that one story ? Hes a one trick pony and thank god he didnt get the money he thinks hes worth
 

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Punk wasn't a needle mover in 2014 and he sure isn't now, after 6 and a half years off the buisness and getting embarrassed in a shoot fight against a journalist FFS. He couldn't add any more than Jericho has, and Jericho doesn't come with the baggage and the crazy ego.
 

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And the fact that Vince McMahon won't do business with Punk despite doing business with Warrior and Eric Bischoff shows you what an annoying, self entitled, whiny cunt Punk really is.
 

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And the fact that Vince McMahon won't do business with Punk despite doing business with Warrior and Eric Bischoff shows you what an annoying, self entitled, whiny cunt Punk really is.

Wait how did Eric know much about him ?
 

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Punk said on a podcast he would work for WWE for 10m for a limited date, 5 year deal

i’m guessing the asking price was same for AEW / and this was before they got the tv extension

so, 10% of all their investment cash

too much
Their initial investment was $100 million or something like that right? LOL fuck off Punk.

He needs to come down, because I still really want to see him in AEW. Same with AJ Lee.
 

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Their initial investment was $100 million or something like that right? LOL fuck off Punk.
yep / this was what they said - and they wanted Punk for All Out, which was before their first ever Dynamite show

and at that point, they already signed quite a few people / so, Punk at 10m (if he was asking them what he was asking WWE) would have put waaayyy too big a dent in the budget - would’ve been a massive risk
 

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Firstly, it’s Konnan. I love the guy, but he’s been known to flap at the gums a bit. He talks out of school a lot (and sometimes it’s admirable).

Secondly, OF COURSE Punk asked for a lot of money. He was the biggest free agent out there. And you’d have to pay me a lot of money to compromise my dignity and work for a company that opened their first show with a Casino Battle Royal.

Thirdly, not getting Punk was a hammer blow to their reputation. He was definitely worth getting and anyone who says otherwise is in major denial.

Fourthly, why are private negotiations between parties being discussed in negotiations with other parties? How fucking unprofessional.

Fifthly, this is a promotion that was willing to spend $3 million on Adam Copeland. They very often say that someone was “too expensive” when they don’t get them.

Sixthly, sometimes someone prices themselves out when they don’t really want to go and work somewhere. This is purported to be the Paul Heyman strategy when he didn’t want to go to TNA. Who is Punk buds with?
 

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All he had to do was agree to work a part time schedule. Work the AEW PPVs and the occasional AEW tv special. Negotiate a deal that allows him to work NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom and AAA's Triplemania every year. And stay on AEW commentary the rest of the time. He'd be better than Excalibur at least at this point. And he could still do his comic book thing and MMA fights if he so desired to (probably Bellator) on the side. Credibility among those that still stick with him remaining intact.

However, if AEW didn’t approach him professionally to sign a deal, then that’s not on him at all.
 

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All he had to do was agree to work a part time schedule. Work the AEW PPVs and the occasional AEW tv special. Negotiate a deal that allows him to work NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom and AAA's Triplemania every year. And stay on AEW commentary the rest of the time. He'd be better than Excalibur at least at this point. And he could still do his comic book thing and MMA fights if he so desired to (probably Bellator) on the side. Credibility among those that still stick with him remaining intact.

However, if AEW didn’t approach him professionally to sign a deal, then that’s not on him at all.
they approached him

Cody said they met up twice. Once TK and once Cody and the rest was phone

IMO, Punk would have been a solid get at 1m - 2m a year for 25 - 35 dates / 3 yr contract
 

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I can see why he would command that, especially understanding who was funding AEW and given the history of his absence from wrestling. I think maybe he tried his luck, as he doesn't want to really return in the first place, so it was an easier way to say no. I'd love to see Punk again and I think AEW would still be a good fit further down the line.

I don't really want to see him in WWE again, however it would be cool for that one return moment, which we all never realistically saw coming. Think Brett Hart's return.
 

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Maybe he wanted a Lesnar deal, wich nobody can't blame him to try, that thing it's really cool.
 

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When I heard this, I thought it was highly unprofessional to pass info to Konnan, but that would be in line with Cody’s character as he does put his foot in his mouth a lot to the point Brandi has told him to stop commenting. It’s also a bitch move of Konnan to speak on another man’s contract negotiations, even if he is Keepin’ it 💯.

All this stuff ultimately says to me is that Punk didn’t really want to wrestle, but he was willing to do so if it meant making a crazy amount of money, which would have lead to what we’re sewing with Jericho: if his ass isn’t on the line, he’s going to get lazy, and that will affect the product.

The travesty isn’t in missing on Punk, even if he’d have been a great get. The travesty is in having such a weak undercard that bigger stars don’t want to have to come to AEW doing one off feuds against Cody, doing the job, and going into a fucking program with Joey Janela. Or getting put over in the feud and going onto...face Jungle Boy? Or doing the job and having to wear Tully underwear.

The same applies to taking the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP off Jericho and doing fuck all afterwards.
 
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