It’s been almost a week since CM Punk made his surprise return to WWE almost a decade on from his sudden departure from the company back in January 2014. Following his appearance at Survivor Series: WarGames, Punk broke his silence on the following edition of Monday Night Raw where he closed the show. In a surprise to many, however, Punk did not reference AEW nor the backstage happenings that followed him during his two-year tenure there whatsoever.
In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has seemingly disclosed the reason why. Meltzer reports that Punk, alongside others who were not named, has signed multiple non-disclosure agreements that legally prevent him from publically discussing his time in AEW. The report follows Tony Khan stating that he cannot legally talk about CM Punk and his return to WWE in an interview a few days ago.
Haus of Wrestling cannot confirm that Punk signed any kind of NDA in conjunction with his termination from AEW. As we exclusively reported earlier this week, Punk does not want to reference any of the drama that took place at AEW and is looking to move on and focus on working with WWE. Additionally, the gesture Punk made at the end of his Raw promo, which some took to be a victory lap as a shot at The Young Bucks, was simply him reacting to the moment and was not meant to be a shot in any way.
Punk is seemingly set for big things now that he’s back in WWE as a report earlier this week noted that he is set for major feuds with both World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Most recently, there are also said to be backstage talks regarding the possibility of Punk facing Steve Austin which have become serious enough that Punk himself is involved in them. A potential feud between the two men has been teased for well over a decade following a promotional video featuring both of them for the WWE ’13 video game.