WWE Hall of Famer Booker T is renowned for unreservedly sharing his opinions on the wrestling world, often making waves with his candid remarks on his podcast “The Hall of Fame.” It’s not unusual for him to touch upon CM Punk, whose presence in AEW and the possibility of a WWE return have sparked widespread speculation and debate.
Recently, Booker T found himself in the same space as the talked-about superstar during a surprise visit by CM Punk at WWE’s NXT Deadline event—a development that caught the attention of many within the pro wrestling community.
Booker shared details of their encounter on the latest episode of his show, “‘The Hall of Fame’,” where he noted that Punk was very much visible and engaging at the event. “CM Punk wasn’t hiding, he wasn’t hid away in some room,” Booker recalled. “He was running around, mingling. I ran into CM Punk in catering, and he was sitting there talking with a couple of friends.”
The unexpected meeting unfolded with Booker approaching the former WWE Champion, only to receive a lighthearted jab. “I walked up to CM Punk and I said, ‘CM Punk, What up, man?’ And he stands up and he goes, ‘What up, man? You flip-flopper.'” This exchange, which Booker laughed off, appears to allude to previous comments made by Booker regarding Punk’s professional conduct and career choices.
However, the interaction was more than just playful banter. Booker explained that he later sat down with Punk, taking the opportunity to catch up. During their conversation, Booker sensed that Punk was in a positive state of mind, which could have intriguing implications for his potential stint in WWE if a return is on the horizon.
Booker’s takeaways from the meeting suggest that while he may have to oscillate between playing the “heel” and the “babyface” on his podcast, moments like these offer a more nuanced glimpse into the relationships between wrestlers beyond their on-screen personas.
As fans continue to speculate about CM Punk’s future, this latest encounter with Booker T offers a curious insight into his current mindset. Will this translate into an imminent WWE comeback? Only time will tell, but for now, it seems CM Punk is navigating the backstage scene with a sense of ease that could very well be a preamble to his next big move in the wrestling world.