Whether it be as the quiet, shy Muay Thai fighter from ECW, “The Straight Edge Superstar” from Friday Night SmackDown! or the Internet wrestling community darling as a commentator for Monday Night RAW, C.M. Punk has definitely made his mark on professional wrestling inside and outside the ring.
Considered one of the most well-rounded performers in sports entertainment, fans have been anxious to see the former World Heavyweight Champion make his way back inside the squared circle following an injury during the WWE Bragging Rights pay-per-view event back in October.
It was originally reported that Punk would be out of action until January, with a possible return as an entrant in the Royal Rumble match. However, that might not be the case.
According to a report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, Punk is expected to return to action at live event house shows for the Friday Night SmackDown brand next week. Punk will compete in Fatal 4-Way cage matches against The Big Show, “The Rated R Superstar” Edge and Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship.
It is highly unlikely that Punk will be moving to the SmackDown roster after recently being drafted over to RAW earlier this year, recent live event house shows featuring talent from both brands, and Ezekiel Jackson also scheduled for the same shows.
However, it is a sign that Punk could return to action relatively sooner than expected. For those of you who admire his broadcasting work shouldn't worry about the potential of losing his commentary on World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship telecast for the time being.
According to a report from The Wrestling Observer, it is expected that with management extremely high on Punk as a commentator, he will remain in that role while actively competing—at least for the foreseeable future.
On last week’s special, three-hour edition of World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship telecast, Punk proclaimed to inflict revenge on a member of the Monday Night RAW roster upon returning from injury.
With previous speculation linking them together, and lack of recent direction lately, the most likely culprit appears to be reigning WWE United States champion Daniel Bryan. While it appeared to be the groundwork for a feud down the road, it appears as if the seeds were planted for something sooner rather than later.
Contributing author Christopher Dunfee is a feature writer for Force Of Wrestling and covers professional wrestling organizations World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. To contact Christopher for radio appearances or any other media inquiries, be sure to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.