Last week on a media conference call for his Starrcast III convention, promoter Conrad Thompson talked about landing CM Punk for a Sat., Aug. 31 interview session. Thompson knows that speculation about Punk returning to pro wrestling is good for his business, but there was one rumored gig he specifically ruled out.
Quote courtesy Wrestling Inc, emphasis mine:
“I’m not gonna combat it [talk about Punk’s return]. I’m sure when he’s doing hundreds of meet-and-greets, every other person is gonna ask that. There’s a lot of people who really miss CM Punk and identify with his persona…but at the same time they don’t wanna just have memories. They wanna have new ones.
My only thing is I wanna clarify since there is speculation out there. This is not a piggyback booking. I did not book CM Punk through AEW. He is not going to be at All Out. Anyone having that expectation is probably gonna be disappointed.”
Sounds pretty emphatic, but just because Conrad didn’t book Punk for Starrcast through All Elite, it doesn’t mean All Elite themselves didn’t book Punk for the show happening Saturday night in Sears Centre. If I were wagering, I’d probably say he won’t appear at All Out... but I wouldn’t bet the house. I’ve been following wrestling long enough to know that everybody saying something won’t happen doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t happen.
And on the subject of Thompson “not combating” speculation about the Chicagoan’s pro wrestling future? The final trailer for Punk’s Starrcast session - which will be available as part of a weekend-long streaming package and a standalone pay-per-view (PPV) - features the Straight Edge Superstar rolling around in a ring, good-naturedly trolling about his storied & controversial past, and possible future, in the pro wrestling business:
After five long years, @cmpunk is BACK in the ring! What’s he got to say? Don’t miss a minute LIVE on #STARRCASTonFITE! Pre order now worldwide and get 70 shows with unlimited replays including #starrcast 1 and 2! @FiteTV https://t.co/tZJ5cb7ryi pic.twitter.com/P9L0ti0lUu— #StarrcastIII (@StarrcastEvents) August 28, 2019
He does seem genuinely excited about meeting his fans, as he was at a signing that ran parallel to last August’s ALL IN show in Chicagoland. If nothing else, the video is a reminder that despite his well-cultivated jerk image, Punk can be very charming and charismatic.
Does any of this change your opinion about him, or the likelihood we’ll see him at a wrestling event outside the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Illinois this weekend?