In a significant development that has set the WWE Universe abuzz, CM Punk has officially announced his place on the WWE Raw roster. This declaration comes just over two weeks following his attention-grabbing return at Survivor Series, and it didn’t take long for fireworks to spark as a result of this announcement.
The moment CM Punk proclaimed Raw as his chosen brand, he was quickly confronted by the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin Rollins. Punk’s decision followed a series of meetings, including discussions with SmackDown General Manager Nick Aldis and a notable conversation with NXT’s Shawn Michaels at Deadline. Presented with viable options across WWE’s brands, Punk highlighted Adam Pearce’s offer as superior, noting the significance of returning to WWE in the same arena in Cleveland where he previously exited the company ten years prior.
With the Raw contract signed, affirming GM Adam Pearce’s successful free agent acquisition, Seth Rollins entered the picture. The World Heavyweight Champion Rollins did not shy away from expressing his discontent toward Punk’s narrative of WWE being his home. Rollins emphasized that Punk had once turned his back on WWE, attempting to dismantle the company he now calls home. However, in a territorial manner, Rollins declared that only he could lay claim to WWE as home territory, signaling his readiness to defend it against any and all challengers.
As tensions rose, CM Punk wasted no time in announcing his entry into the Royal Rumble, setting the stage for a potential clash with Rollins. Should he achieve victory in the Rumble, Punk made his intention crystal clear—he’s got his sights set on Rollins’ World Heavyweight Championship. This potential future match-up has ignited considerable excitement and speculation among fans, marking a compelling chapter in the ongoing saga of WWE’s electrifying storylines.