— According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW not only made an offer to CM Punk to join them but they opened dialogue with him dating as far back as 2018 - long before the promotion even came into existence. When Tony Khan was first exploring the idea of a new wrestling company, Punk was reportedly one of the first people he contacted with intentions of signing.
— AEW’s offer was significant and Punk even had at least one personal face-to-face meeting with Khan with some other conversations over time as well. However, talks went cold when AEW was ready to launch, and according to Punk the two sides had discussions as recently as June where an offer came through “text message” which Punk criticized in an online interview. It was only after that AEW executives became resigned to the fact that if Punk was going to return to wrestling, it would be with WWE.
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