Paul Heyman Questions CM Punk's Future In AEW

WWE man Paul Heyman warns CM Punk about riding easy "wave of nostalgia".

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Paul Heyman has warned CM Punk against becoming somebody who returned and "rode a wave of nostalgia but didn’t progress".

The WWE manager (sorry, "Advocate") told the 'Masked Man Show' that it'd be a pity to see someone of Punk's standing becoming a nostalgic afterthought on the AEW scene within a few years, especially when his old client has consistently been "a rebel who always looked forward in the business".

Heyman isn't keen to see Punk become a part-time attraction who's only good for a cheap pop here or there, or for exhibition-style matches against All Elite's top stars. He'd like to see his friend continue to reinvent himself and push things forwards into 2023, 2024, 2025 and beyond.


Paul E admitted he's curious about whether or not Punk can "make [his] character so progressive, so revolutionary, so evolutionary, so riveting, so compelling, so different and unique than anybody that’s out there that he truly defines himself as a transformative figure".

The interviewers didn't ask for Heyman's thoughts on the recent Punk vs. MJF rivalry, which is a shame. It'd be cool to know what the WWE man thinks of that.

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