Speculation is mounting that CM Punk is preparing to make his long-awaited wrestling return at September's historic All In show.
The former WWE star, currently competing in UFC, will be in Illinois for a meet-and-greet the same week that Cody Rhodes and co. head to Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago.
While his attendance has not been formally announced by the event's organisers, Rhodes strongly hinted that he would be involved in some capacity during a press conference yesterday. "I can confirm he will be here the day before, as part of All In weekend," he said. "He's in town, but we literally can say nothing."
Punk has been in self-imposed wrestling exile for the last four years, having departed WWE in 2014 amid differences with management. The fall-out - taking the form of an ongoing lawsuit with in-house doctor Chris Amann - is still ongoing. The 39-year-old claimed in subsequent interviews that he was now "retired" from the business.
With or without the ex-ROH World Champion, All In already looks set to be a roaring success. Originally conceived as a wager with the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer - who dismissed the idea of an independent show drawing 10,000 spectators - tickets sold out in just 30 minutes after going on sale Sunday afternoon. Get your wallet on the table, Big Dave.