CM Punk is set to appear at Starrcast III on August 31st which is the day of All Elite Wrestling's 'All Out' show in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. As that announcement made the rounds, excitement from the public led to rumors regarding CM Punk being connected to AEW and CM Punk would address those rumors during an interview with ESPN. During that interview, Punk clarified that he has no connection to AEW and added that he received an offer from the company through text message but stated that text messaging him is not the best way to do business.
The last thing I got -- I got a text from Cody [Rhodes], and again, I almost don't even know how to reply to them sometimes, because if I reply, they do interviews and are like, 'Oh yeah, I just talked to Punk.' I'm kind of damned if I do, damned if I don't. I always think if somebody wants to do business with me, they can come talk to me. Texting offers isn't really a way to do good business, at least. It was texted through three people and an offer came in through text. This is like a month ago, maybe.I think it was just a general offer. I never could have done the last one in Vegas [Double or Nothing], because I was in California for CFFC." Punk said.
Cody hosted a Q&A on Twitter and when asked about the comments Punk gave during the aforementioned interview. Rhodes expressed that he thinks Punk may have been misquoted and knows that an AEW official met with him in person at least once. Rhodes went on to add that he connected with Punk through text message when getting on the phone was not an option and concluded that message by noting that he would not be surprised if Punk went back to WWE.
I think he was misquoted. I know 1 of us had met with him in person, and yes I texted him plenty when we couldn’t connect on the actual phone, but not a contracted offer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to wwe. Regardless, great wrestler & guy. Door is open if he wants it https://t.co/3ityuurGGy— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) July 26, 2019
There is a video up on the Fightful Pro Wrestling YouTube channel about Punk's recent interview and to check that video out, click here.