People in WWE said to believe that CM Punk was backstage at RAW because he wants to return

As previously noted, CM Punk was reportedly backstage at the April 24th 2023 edition of WWE RAW in Chicago for a brief period of time to visit people but was asked to leave.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer of discussed the situation…

“People were very surprised on both ends. Very surprised in WWE. The feeling in WWE was that he was there because he wanted back. Whether that’s true or not, I have no idea. I mean, obviously, there were talks of him going back, shortly [after All Out.] In late last year. But he couldn’t go because he was still under contract. My impression is this is with Paul Levesque [Triple H] in charge and not Vince, my impression was that they didn’t have any interest in him at that time.”

“I mean, was it a publicity stunt for him to get publicity [for his rumored AEW return?] Was it? I don’t know, you’d have to ask him what his reasons were. Obviously, the announcement of him coming back to AEW, in theory, was going to be anytime now. You know, the announcement of the new TV show would be anytime now. So I’m sure it all ties together in some way and he’ll have to figure out [what’s next.] If he wants to say what his motives were, what his reasons were, you know, he can say it. But obviously all those things, the timing of everything, is suspicious.” (quotes courtesy of