“CM Punk is expected to return at tomorrow night’s Raw in Chicago, Illinois, according to Dave Meltzer on today’s edition of Wrestling Observer Radio (listen here).
While Meltzer won’t say he’s 100% sure Punk will be at the show, his source, who he says is “one of the biggest stars in the industry,” said that it’s 100% certain.”
McPherson’s Mindset: I don’t know how much stock to put in this report. Meltzer distances himself from this by saying “his source” is 100% sure that Punk will be returning. Also don’t know how much stock to put on what WWE wrestlers say as far as who will be showing up where. There was a recent news report that hit all the wrestling news sites in which Big Show (literally, one of the ‘biggest’ stars in the industry) claimed he was sure Brock Lesnar was going to be at Elimination Chamber, even though it was already pretty much in the works that he wasn’t going to be there. I hope this report is true, even if it is just Punk coming back to do an obligatory “lost my smile” type speech to fill that missing piece of the puzzle in fan’s eyes.
Even if he were returning full time at this point to honor the rest of his contract, I’m not sure what WWE does with him. Bryan has already been inserted into the HHH storyline. Perhaps he could be the third man in the Wrestlemania title match? With Batista turning heel one would think that means WWE is going to be making some kind of major change to this match (which was going to be a disaster no doubt), which if that’s the case, would need to happen fairly soon. Storyline is kind of in place as Punk could say he was illegally eliminated from the Rumble by Kane, who had already been eliminated.