- Alex Pawlowski
- MAY 18, 2017
- 12:07PM EDT
He's probably never coming back to WWE, but if CM Punk has a wrestling itch he'd like to scratch, he can make a cool million bucks while he's scratching it.
The UK Sun reports that 5 Star Wrestling promoter Daniel Hinkles wants Punk for his 128-man tournament and he's willing to pay $1 million. The huge tournament is set to start on June 10 in Liverpool, England.
And lest you think this is all just a publicity stunt, Hinkles claims the offer is 100% genuine, saying: “We’ve been trying to contact CM Punk on and off for well over a year. We wanted him on the first show we did in Edinburgh in 2015. I’ve tried going through friends in the industry, I’ve gone through his website and sent dozens of emails but the opportunity has never been this big. We want to offer CM Punk $1 million dollars (£770,000) to come and join the 5 Star Wrestling tour starting June 10th. It’s a genuine offer. We’d love to hear back from the man himself. We want to do this with him.”
Hinkles added: “It doesn’t get more credible than CM Punk. We all know that if he ever comes back to wrestling it will be one of those epic moments – I want that to be with 5 Star Wrestling, right here in the UK. A common saying in the wrestling world is that the UK has the best fans, well how about we give them the biggest moments too. We are hugely ambitious. When we ask the fans who they want to see, CM Punk’s name is on everybody’s wish list and we’re willing to spend big to make it happen. I know he is seemingly focused on MMA at the moment and this wouldn’t have to end that, but wrestling is in his blood and $1 million has to be worth thinking about.”
CM Punk left the WWE and the wrestling business in 2014 and doesn't seem to want to return anytime soon. That doesn't stop fans from chanting his name in arenas all over America, especially his hometown of Chicago. He's turned to MMA, making his Octagon debut last September at UFC 203, losing by submission to Mickey Gall.
But hey, a million bucks is a million bucks. We'll let you know if Punk responds.