A new report suggests that former WWE Champion CM Punk is in talks to return to professional wrestling, possibly for AEW.

Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk, is in talks to return to the ring.

According to Fightful Select, ongoing talks have been held for Punk to return to the ring, with the most likely promotion being All Elite Wrestling. In fact, even some of the top officials in WWE’s former Punk house believe that he will land on AEW.

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Punk began wrestling in the late 1990s, enjoying a long stint on the independent circuit. After achieving success with Ring of Honor and Total Nonstop Action, he joined WWE in 2005 as part of Ohio Valley Wrestling’s developmental territory. The following year, he debuted in the now-defunct ECW brand, where he had a respectable undefeated streak that lasted until January 2007.

After a race for the ECW Championship, Punk won the Money in the Bank match in WrestleMania XXIV, setting the stage for his first World Championship victory when he hit John “Bradshaw” Layfield. After another MITB charge, Punk hovered around the top half of the card until he was out of play with a hip injury.

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Returning from injury in late 2010, Punk took over as leader of the Nexus, entering into a feud with John Cena. In 2011, he would deliver his now-infamous “tube bomb” promotion in which he broadcast his complaints to WWE on live television. While this was not kayfabe, was worked on his story with Cena in 2011’s Money in the bank, where Punk won his first WWE Championship.

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In the years that followed, Punk would remain on the top card, even breaking the record for the sixth longest reign of the WWE Championship at 434 days. However, in 2014, he left the company on bad terms. After retiring, Punk was suspended for two months and ended up receiving his termination papers on his wedding day to AJ Lee (April Mendez). As for the circumstances behind his departure, Punk cited his personal health, including an MRSA infection (he would later deny receiving a diagnosis), broken bones, and concussions. Since then, he has been largely retired from the professional wrestling scene, opting for a career in mixed martial arts instead.

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Source: Fightful Select

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