WWE news, rumors: CM Punk trolls fans on Twitter about potential in-ring return
Punk had everyone who wants to see him back in wrestling riled up with his Twitter activity
We're now just four days away from the WWE Raw-exclusive Elimination Chamber event, and after Tuesday night's edition of SmackDown Live, the picture for the brand's Fastlane event on March 11 became a lot clearer. After that, we can all get firmly set for WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans on April 8. This time of the year, the news and rumors in professional wrestling are fluid on a daily basis, and we at CBS are here to keep you updated on some of the biggest headlines out there.
Let's have a look at some of those headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 21.
CM Punk had a little fun with wrestling Twitter
No matter how much time passes and no matter how many UFC fight rumors may exist, there is a contingent of wrestling fans out there that will never give up the dream of CM Punk returning to professional wrestling. Walking out on WWE the night after the Royal Rumble in 2014 and never returning, we don't know if Punk, real name Phil Brooks, will ever make his presence felt in the business anytime in the foreseeable future. That didn't stop him from having a little fun at everyone's expense on Twitter, however.
With many speculating Punk could make his long-awaited pro wrestling comeback during the independent star-heavy "All In" show being presented by Bullet Club members Cody and The Young Bucks in September, the Chicago native sent out one short tweet that led some to believe he was about to make a blockbuster pro wrestling announcement.
Letting that tweet linger for a short while, Punk did eventually make his "all in" announcement. It had nothing to do with a pro wrestling return, though.
This was well done by the former WWE champion and Cubs die-hard. If you gaze through some of the mentions in response to the initial tweet, there were a lot of people who bought in to Punk being ... "all in."
Rumors of Punk potentially appearing on the show are directly related to the fact that Chicago happens to be one of the candidates to host the event. With Cody and the Bucks making it clear they're aiming to draw 10,000 fans, should the show happen in the Windy City, then making a push for Punk to make his triumphant wrestling return would help them achieve that goal.
It's almost a certainty that Punk will have at least one more fight in the UFC some time this year, and with the recent announcement of the UFC 225 pay-per-view in Chicago this June, the assumption is that's where he will have that second fight of his UFC career. So with the "All In" event happening a few months later in September, who knows -- the possibility is there for things to shake out where an "all in" announcement isn't just a troll on the internet.
More WWE news, rumors
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- Former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia announced on Twitter Tuesday that none other than Stephanie McMahon will be an upcoming guest on her "Chasing Glory" podcast. The storyline WWE Raw commissioner doesn't make many of these podcast appearances, so the potential exists for this to be quite the interesting listen next week.
- Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated offered up some more details on Dolph Ziggler's reported new WWE contract. In addition to reiterating the $1.5 million per year salary, which has been disputed by others, Barrasso's report notes Ziggler ultimately made the decision to stay with the company because it best serves his brand and potential interests outside of wrestling.
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