CM Punk is back in the wrestling headlines after a masked appearance at an indie event last weekend.
CEO Tony Khan is hoping All Elite Wrestling can consistently make those headlines as well, with their first show running next month. Reports have emerged suggesting that Khan would be interested in bringing Punk in to the new company, but when speaking to WSVN-TV's Chris Van Vliet, he didn't exactly give a direct answer on the matter.
"He's a great talent and a great performer, I don't know if that was Phil in the ring, but he's great. I'm from Illinois and I grew up around Chicago sports and he's obviously very popular there," said Khan.
One of Punk's qualms with WWE that contributed to him leaving the company was that of the schedule and recovery time. As far as Khan is concerned, AEW will be categorically different than WWE in that regard.
"For us, I want to offer a quality of life and a work/life balance that is the best and is unparalleled in the business for the best quality of life. What that means is less time on the road, but still working regularly, still performing on Pay Per View and on television in the future. I believe you don't need to spend 6 days on the road to make a good living as a wrestler or 5 days on the road per week necessarily," said Khan.
You can see Van Vliet's full interview with Tony Khan above.