CM Punk has been very public in stating he has no plans to return to WWE. However, he has stated in the past if he did return to the ring, it would be under the radar.
Friday night, in front of 350 people CM Punk reportedly donned a mask and did a run in at an independent event in West Allis, Wisconsin.
— MKE Wrestling (@MKE_Wrestling) April 20, 2019
Current ROH star Silas Young runs the Wisconsin based MKE Wrestling promotion shared footage of the run in on his Twitter with the following caption.
Last night we held @MKE_Wrestling at the Knights of Columbus building in west allis the place was packed with 350 people. This place has had 25+ years of wrestling and is the place a lot of guys started. Guys like @ColtCabana as well as a Punk who showed up in a mask last night
— silas young (@lastrealmanROH) April 20, 2019
Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports stated that this isn’t the first time Punk has dawned a mask and appeared at independent shows. Footage of a prior appearance was filmed for Wrestling Road Diaries 3, but was cut to the falling out between CM Punk and Colt Cabana.
It doesn't happen on a regular basis, but it's happened like 3 or 4 times since 2015, I believe. Some of it was filmed for Wrestling Road Diaries 3 but I believe Colt/Punk had their fallout before that was released and it got cut.
— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) April 21, 2019
Earlier that day CM Punk was spotted at an event at West Allis Central High School where he took a photo wearing the same hoodie as the masked man at the MKE event.
Here is the picture comparison for CM Punk and the masked person. This would really be something. I do not know who made this picture, so I do apologize for not being able to attribute, had it sent to me. pic.twitter.com/NtS2XC5HbU
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) April 21, 2019
Punk stated in an ESPN interview with Russillo & Kanell in 2016 if he ever returns to the squared circle it would be non-televised, and nobody would ever know it was him.
“WWE? No. Absolutely not. But you never know, I could pop up here and there. Let me explain that to you even better… it’s not going to even be televised, it’s going to be me in a ninja f–king outfit wrestling one of my buddies and nobody’s ever going to know. It’s going to be very ‘Monty Python’ so to speak.”
CM Punk 3 years ago on a potential return to wrestling: "Its not going to be anything televised, it’s gonna be me in a ninja f*cking outfit, wrestling one of my buddies"
Footage Credit: JeffHardysBack on Reddit pic.twitter.com/SY9LjvrUqp
— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) April 21, 2019
Quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.