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    Will They Ever Return?

    What are the chances the following people will ever be in WWE again?

    1. Chris Jericho - Old at this point, don't see him returning in a wrestling role. He'll be in AEW until it busts then retire.

    2. Cody Rhodes - Once he comes around and realizes WWE is king and not him, maybe he'll return. Could have a nice program with Triple H on his return since Cody mocked him at a recent AEW event.

    3. Dean Ambrose - I hope not, WWE has been much better without him around, but he is a former champion and the girls love him. Also his wife is still in WWE so there is a possibility.

    4. CM Punk - Nearly 41 years old, got butt hurt by the WWE in the past, I wouldn't mind if he never returned but the thousands of fans who attend WWE live events certainly miss him.

    5. Big Cass and Enzo Amore - I don't miss either, but they were big merchandise sellers. Since Enzo wasn't found guilty, maybe he can come back with Cass and rule the tag division.

    6. Jack Swagger - YES PLEASE!

    7. Wade Barrett - This guy should be in NXT UK as a GM or something.

    8. Ryback - Maybe he can come back and feud with Lars Sullivan to see who the true most boring bald wrestler on the planet is.


    Feel free to add your own people as well.

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    Regarding Dean Ambrose, I would mark out for a The Shield reunion.

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    Would love Punk back. The only genuine star who would be a game changer.

    Most likely will be Ambrose with some degree of creative control I would think. Ryback seems to have burnt bridges. Wade would be awesome but he never got the push he deserved.

    Cant see Cody or Jericho going back now.

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    Jericho, Ambrose and Punk are future Hall of Famers and will take the legends contract down the line. Barrett I think has a WWE UK programme in him if they want to pay him. Ryback, no chance. Swagger, was never over enough to bring back. Nobody has nostalgia for 2010 WWE. Cody I doubt, unless you count inducting Dustin. Enzo and Cass, maybe the latter, no chance the former.

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    The two biggest returns IMO would have to be Punk and Ambrose. If Punk came back to WWE, it would turn heads from UFC and also gain back a lot of curious wrestling fans. If Ambrose comes back to WWE, it would be an immense blow to AEW. It would say that Ambrose hated WWE so much that he left, but he went back because AEW wasn't what he expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    The two biggest returns IMO would have to be Punk and Ambrose. If Punk came back to WWE, it would turn heads from UFC and also gain back a lot of curious wrestling fans. If Ambrose comes back to WWE, it would be an immense blow to AEW. It would say that Ambrose hated WWE so much that he left, but he went back because AEW wasn't what he expected.
    It wouldn't. UFC/MMA fans have very little respect, if any, for CM Punk. He didn't gain any new fans doing that shit, if anything he lost fans and caused fans to tune out of the UFC for even allowing this guy a shot.

    But I literally agree with everything else you're saying. These would be, imo, the 2 biggest returns, especially CM Punk regardless of how old he is.

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    It would. People know his name, like him or hate him.

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    Nash is right, mma fans don't give any shits, fucks, or damns about Punk. The only head it would turn would be to tell him good riddance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    It would. People know his name, like him or hate him.
    I can tell you, as someone who is a hardcore MMA fan, they wouldn't. They=MMA fans who saw him fight. Take a dip into an MMA forum sometime and find me the positives about CM Punk's 2 fights and if it won him any fans. I don't mean that in a dick way V, I just think you're trying to apply the whole "If he's popular in one area he's going to bring those fans with him" Only he didn't get any new fans dabbling into MMA.

    Knowing someone's name doesn't mean you go out of your way to see what they're up to. If I hate someone, I'm not going around following their moves in entertainment I'm putting effort into following other shit. CM Punk when it comes to MMA got the "X Pac heat" It wasn't that he was a good heel or a cool guy, they just didn't want him anywhere near the sport......How that would transition into them going "Oh well maybe I'll check him out in pro wrestling that I never watch" is beyond me....

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    Barret as an NXT UK wrestler or GM role would be great. I always enjoyed him whatever role he was in.

    The window of care for CM Punk coming back has closed for me. Gone too long, and left on bad terms. Always was fun to watch, particularly as a heel, and WWE doesn't have enough of them that can legitimately be hated.

    Ryback and Lars - Airhead BnB (Bald and Boring) would be fun if they just ran over people.

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    Punk would be the only one to make me tune in. The whole nature of his departure would make his return feel similar to Bret coming back to the WWE, being something that I would just HAVE to see.

    I love Jericho, but he's been back so many times now that I wouldn't be shocked if he were there right now and I just didn't know it.

    I love Cody too, but they bumbled him so badly in his last run that I lost interest.

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    There’s more chance of Zack Ryder winning Royal Rumble then the WWE title at Wrestlemania than there is of Punk returning. The bad blood runs too deep. Sure Bret made up with Vince/HBK/WWE made up but that was a contractual dispute and a drop in the ocean compared to Punk/WWE’s issues. He’s very financially well off anyway.

    Ryback complains about equal pay and all that bollocks, but if WWE cared enough to wave enough money in front of his face.

    Cass/Amore? Eww no thanks, I doubt they’d touch that especially when it comes to Amore not being up front with them about his troubles. Not impossible but very doubtful, would rather they stay away.

    Jericho I could definitely see getting a goodbye run. Ambrose could come back for a Shield reunion as the bridge is not burned.

    Barrett seems to be comfortable being an on-air World of Wrestling executive/commentator, but bridge is still open there.

    Cody started a rival organisation which Vince is batting down the hatches with NXT to compete with.Besides a HOF induction, no way.

    Swagger may be on one of those reunion shows later down the line if they paid him enough but nothing more.

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    I am astounded that any wrestling fans ever say “can’t see Xx coming back”

    Have you not seen the list of people who have returned following bad mouthing the WWE, lawsuits and decades of bad blood?

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    There’s a small chance with any of the others, but at the moment I genuinely can’t see it with Punk given the legal battle unless he’s really struggling for money and even then there’s his pride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    The two biggest returns IMO would have to be Punk and Ambrose. If Punk came back to WWE, it would turn heads from UFC and also gain back a lot of curious wrestling fans. If Ambrose comes back to WWE, it would be an immense blow to AEW. It would say that Ambrose hated WWE so much that he left, but he went back because AEW wasn't what he expected.
    Quote Originally Posted by VHS View Post
    It would. People know his name, like him or hate him.
    lol. is it even possible for you to be more wrong about mma fans and punk. good lord.

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    Over a long enough period of time pretty much everyone of any significance comes back eventually. There's really only a few guys who really seem to have been banned for life, and we thought one of them was Jeff Jarrett and now he's working at the company.

    I would love to see Ken Shamrock in the Hall of Fame, or just get an appearance on nostalgia shows. I think he's part of the concussion lawsuit, so that would explain why he hasn't been back in recent years. Prior to that I don't really know what the reason for him never coming back was, I think he could have been a main event guy in the mid-2000s.

    John Morrison is a big mystery to me. I think he was stuck in one of those crazy Lucha Underground contracts? But whenever that expires WWE really should bring him back. Dude is way too good to be working for TNA.

    Anyone think we'll see Ryback again? He doesn't seem worth bringing back with the amount of shit he's talking about the company.

    Have they learned their lesson with Del Rio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrison View Post
    lol. is it even possible for you to be more wrong about mma fans and punk. good lord.

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    his ufc career was a bust. he wasn't really accepted by mma fans. why they would suddenly give a fuck about him and wrestling?

    you'd have a better argument saying that mtv real world challenge fans will turn their heads.

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    I think a Punk return might be the only plausible one that could actually move the needle. I know it would get me tuning in for at least a few weeks to see how things went.

    Who do we think might come back for a Saudi payday? Got to say Edge doing the Spear on Elias got my attention. I could imagine him and Christian against The Hardyz in Saudi Arabia, just not in a ladder match. Maybe we finally get Sting vs. Undertaker. I think Austin is done for real at this point. I don't think they're ever letting Hogan back in the ring. Flair's had too many health issues at this point.

    I don't know about Rock. I can imagine him in his heart wanting to do one more match but I wonder if the insurance issues would be too much after he got hurt against Cena.

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    I could see Nash and Hall vs. HHH and HBK, with all the goons from nWo and DX getting involved for smoke and mirrors. I know Shawn's said he's definitely done, but if he's done one he'd do another I think.

    Sting I think is unlikely. The only match that works is 'Taker and all of 'Taker's signature offence can fuck the spine. Like if Flair was still active he could work a match with him, but Undertaker would be a risk. Especially when the guy is losing strength and could be a safety liability.

    I think the bigger likelihood for Saudi is that they just milk the Goldberg and 'Taker teet until it's dry. If they can get Cena there, you've got him, Orton, HHH and Reigns for the "dream match" generator. They could try Batista but if I remember he's quite liberal and probably wouldn't go to Saudi Arabia.

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    Yeah, I don't think there's any way that Batista would do a Saudi show. I think he's probably actually done now, he just wanted to come back and do one last match and put over Triple H.

    Goldberg vs. Reigns would be a good Saudi main event. I don't know if Cena will do Saudi shows anymore. Maybe he'll feel like the heat has cooled off now but he pulled out of Crown Jewel after the Jamal Khashoggi murder.

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    Eh, like most things this Saudi shit will pass and more people who flaked on it will go.

    You have to think, the same shit has to happen to entertainment outside of the US where they're going "I don't want to go to America, kids get shot in schools almost weekly there" or the countless other atrocities we deliver daily. There's probably some Saudi Arabian wrestling company who's roster is politicing their way out of that trip due to how we let our women do what the fuck they want lol.

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    Punk on WWE

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    Punk added, "I'm 40 years old and I try to be as zen and wise as I possibly can be. ... I'll have a conversation with anybody. But it's nothing—like, I'm not calling them, but if they're like, 'Oh, hey,' I mean, I'll talk to you. See what you got to say, but it better be good. I think I had a pretty good career, I don't think there's anything left that I need to accomplish."



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    CM Punk coming back in a wrestling role, even if it's super limited for one year would be cool.

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    Watching all of Punk's Q&A panel and reading the landscape of how WWE operates now, it certainly feels like there's an opportunity where the two sides talk and they come to an agreement. Performers are able to take more time off now and the company has even more money to throw around. It's there but do they really strike? It's also a situation where if you're going to make an offer, don't screw around. Just give your best offer and see what he does. "Best" offer is another interesting wrinkle, too. It would really be interesting from a bunch of various angles if they wanted him to work NXT. As of right now, the traveling would be extremely minimal, has extremely fresh and vibrant performers he can work with, WWE probably sees that as a great jab at AEW. It would be puzzling to an extent to have him on the third brand, and then there's any residual political hang ups between Triple H and Punk. Triple H seems way more understanding now in regards to the types of performers that are hotter now and resonate more with the crowd, so that would work in Punk's favor, but maybe there's just way too much of a disconnect between the two of them. Punk flat out said he knows Vince didn't "get" Punk but maybe Vince just throws money at the situation and hopes Heyman can really make the most of the opportunity.

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    I can't see him working NXT, even with them going to USA, it's still ultimately a developmental system. If the WWE are reluctant to send any of their own top tier players, I can't see one of the biggest names they've had since Cena going there. Him working behind the scenes with NXT? That I could actually see.

    It would be interesting to see just how he would be presented and who he would work with. Does he pick up where he left off as this martyr, the "voice of the voiceless" still seeing the WWE as it was when he left, maybe even worse than when he left? He could do the hero that we need type routine and elevate some guys who will play the "I'm a company guy" card. Both heels and faces.

    All leading to the eventual Triple H v. CM Punk, if Punk wins he gets control of the WWE or some shit like that lol. Sounds very 1999ish but fantasy booking aside I could literally see something weird like that happening.

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    The moment he left, I figured he would only come back for a HOF induction. Especially since he made another fortune in his mixed martial arts stuff. Then the Saudi's started throwing huge money around, so now I wouldn't be surprised if we might see a Punk appearance there, before a HOF spot.

    I think Vince might have to be out of the picture before Punk would return

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    I think Punk's issue wasn't even the WWE, it was himself. Everything else was just an excuse, valid at times, but he was burnt out and he needed a way out. Just like Stone Cold, and they reacted on heat of the moment emotion. That's why in that Colt podcast you heard Punk constantly say it wasn't about money, but every negative experience he mentioned sans the doctor saying his staph just needed a z-pack, was all about money lol.

    I want Cena money. I want to be in 12 Rounds 2 so I can get paid. I want to be in the main event of WM, well you're in a main event, yeah well why don't I get paid Rock money? lol. He was just a typical pissed off soy boy and after 5 years of reflecting on how he handled his exit, he realizes that he was just in a bad spot both physically and mentally.

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    The last i saw Stone Cold he looked more ripped than ever, i wonder if hes gearing for another match.

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    There's coming back in a "competing in a match" sense, and there's coming back in a "appear in a segment with the Heath Slater/Elias/whoever of the time".

    Of the original post, I could only see Swagger ever coming back in the first sense.

    Second sense, probably all of them at some point when they're north of 60 years old.

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