Eric Bischoff shared his opinion on CM Punk while speaking with Wrestling Inc.
CM Punk’s future in wrestling remains unclear following his reported backstage fight with Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks after AEW’s All Out pay-per-view. He was stripped of the World Title and suspended, although it’s been reported that he’s in talks with AEW about a contract buyout.
Bischoff doesn’t think Triple H should bring him back.
“I don’t know what Paul Levesque is thinking, I don’t know what their plans are, their strategies are, so I have no idea. I can tell you from my perspective, I wouldn’t touch him with a 10-foot pole,” Bischoff said in an exclusive interview with Wrestling Inc.’s Dominic DeAngelo. “I think CM Punk had a mystique because of WWE, and because of the pipe bomb interview, and because he walked out, that created this aura and mystique that [AEW CEO] Tony [Khan] brought to AEW and took advantage of for a minute. And once that mystique was gone, once you kind of let that air out of the balloon, and now you’re just performing every week, I didn’t see it in Punk. I just didn’t see it in him as a character, I didn’t see it in him in the ring –- he was good, but he wasn’t phenomenal.”
Eric shared a handful of reasons he doesn’t think Punk would find success in returning to the company.
“He’s old, he’s fragile, he was never in great shape to begin with, he didn’t start out as an athlete, and now at  years old, he’s fragile as hell,” Bischoff said. “So what would you do [with him]? Especially in WWE, where the intensity, and the physicality, and the schedule is so much more than it is in AEW, just the sheer workload.”
“I think the audience has kind of turned on him,” Bischoff said. “I’m sure he still has some die-hard fans out there and all that, everybody does, but the general audience, I think he left a really bad taste in their mouth, and they realize that that mystique is no longer there, and he’s just another guy. So I don’t see the value. I can’t imagine it.”