Cue the rumor train that CM Punk is heading to All Elite Wrestling. On Thursday afternoon, Starrcast announced that the former 5x WWE World Champion, ECW Champion, and Ring of Honor (ROH) World Champion was now booked for a meet & greet appearance at the third Starrcast event, held in Chicago over the same weekend as AEW All Out.
He’s straight edge. He’s controversial. He’s a former Heavyweight Champion. He’s “The Best in the World” & he’ll have a live mic at Starrcast!#Starrcast is honored to welcome CM Punk to Chicago, Labor Day weekend!
— #StarrcastIII (@StarrcastEvents) July 18, 2019
In an interview with Sports Illustrated on Thursday, CM Punk told SI that “I do about one signing a year and the best part is always finding out how you’ve touched people’s lives in a meaningful way. A lot of it can be heavy; helped someone get clean, helped somehow with the loss of a loved one. I am always touched to know the private intimate stories people have.”
“Knowing the weekend will be attracting fans from all over the world for AEW, and since I normally only do one signing a year, it’s a great way to maybe meet people that normally I wouldn’t get the chance to otherwise,” Punk told SI. “Looking forward to meeting everyone there.”
Punk also touched on his favorite wrestling memories from his hometown as a fan, commenting on his favorite match he saw live in the Windy City. “Bret vs. Austin (at WrestleMania 13) is the match that comes to mind,” said Punk continued to SI. “Hell, Bret vs. Owen in a cage at SummerSlam ‘94, too. I was there live for that one, the first event held in the United Center. Third on the list would be memories of myself vs. Cena [at the Money in the Bank pay per view in 2011]. I think it’s flattering if anyone thinks one of my matches belongs up there with the previous two I mentioned.”
Starrcast’s founder, Conrad Thompson, also spoke to SI and stated that this year they “wanted to bring something unique and that hasn’t been done before at Starrcast. I’ve always wanted to have Punk at Starrcast but the timing was never right, and I’m really excited that the stars have aligned for this August. Fans are going to get what they’ve wanted for a long time, and that is CM Punk with a live mic. It’s going to happen at Starrcast.”
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