The wrestling world was abuzz with excitement as “The Best in The World,” CM Punk, marked his triumphant return to the WWE stage during the 2023 Survivor Series. The resounding success of his comeback ignited fervent discussions among fans, speculating various dream matchups for the seasoned superstar. Notably, a recent report fueled anticipation for a historic clash between CM Punk and the legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
According to reliable sources from Ringside News, an insider within the WWE has conveyed that internal discussions regarding a bout between Punk and Austin are non-existent. The source further revealed that Triple H, a key figure in WWE management, spent the last week on the West Coast, focusing solely on matters pertaining to SmackDown and Raw.
“Paul Levesque just got back from the West Coast, so we’re just starting to talk about creative for Punk and everything else. There has been no talk of Austin vs. Punk.”
Moreover, it appears that Triple H is only now delving into the creative aspects for the recently returned CM Punk, who is scheduled to make a momentous appearance on SmackDown after an almost decade-long absence. The future remains uncertain as to whether WWE will transform this dream clash into a reality.
Stone Cold Steve Austin Opens Up About Friendship with CM Punk
The astonishing return of CM Punk, heralded as the “Best in the World,” has not only sparked rumors of a potential WrestleMania showdown but has also reignited discussions about a Punk vs. Austin matchup. Fans, captivated by the sharp-witted verbal prowess of both wrestlers, have yearned for a clash between the two.
In an interview earlier this year, 58-year-old Steve Austin shed light on his positive rapport with CM Punk. When asked about the CM Punk and AEW controversy by Forbes interviewer Alfred Konuwa, Austin expressed his lack of awareness about the situation. He disclosed that he had exchanged text messages with Punk the day before the interview.
“Me and Phil trade messages every here and there. We rarely talk, probably once or twice a year. I love the guy, and I don’t even know if I mentored him because Punk’s probably a lot smarter than I am. Great promo guy, great worker, he’s got his own thing going, and we’re just friends.”
Austin, showering praise on Punk’s promo skills, revealed the occasional communication between them. He emphasized their friendship and recalled encountering a young CM Punk in Chicago years ago. Austin retired from professional wrestling in 2003, while Punk was rising in prominence on the indie circuit during the same period.