It’s entirely possible both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have already signed with AEW and are simply waiting for the right time to debut. Or maybe they’re planning to and haven’t yet. Either way, Paul Wight, the artist formerly known as Big Show in WWE, is ready to welcome them with open arms.
And if they need a bit more of a sales pitch, well, he kind of gave them one in an interview with The Ring Report:
“I’m excited about it. I don’t really know. I’ve heard, of course, some backstage scuttlebutt. I’m friends with Daniel Bryan and CM Punk both. I think if either one of those guys made a serious commitment to come to AEW, they would blow the roof off the industry. I think both those guys are incredible talents and they have a lot to offer any company that they join.
“Both of them will fit and like how they’re treated much more in AEW than they will anywhere else. There’s a lot more freedom for guys like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk to really excel and give the fans what they love most about them. There’s very little micromanaging in AEW. There’s a lot of trust in your professionalism and knowing who you are as a talent and what you bring to the table. There’s a lot of freedom to really amplify that and bring out the most for the fans. Personally, from where I’m sitting, I think it would be an incredible opportunity for Phil and Daniel to come here to AEW. If they do, that’s fantastic.”
After all the years those two spent in WWE, where everything is micromanaged, the idea of creative freedom has to be tantalizing, even if the passion for professional wrestling itself has waned a bit. It never quite goes away completely for those who have it in their blood, and Punk and Bryan are two of those people.
The clock will continue to tick, and we’ll continue to await their arrival.