CM Punk will officially appear at Starrcast 3, the wrestling convention happening in Chicago on August 31, the weekend of All Out. Starrcast advertised Punk’s appearance in a video posted to their Twitter page Thursday, for which they even apparently obtained the rights to us Living Colour’s Cult of Personality.
— #Starrcast (@StarrcastEvents) July 18, 2019
Punks appearance at the convention all but confirms longstanding rumors that Punk will appear at AEW All Out, the big AEW PPV set to happen in Chicago on that same day. Like anything Punk does, the announcement obviously sparked speculation amongst wrestling fans about whether or not Punk would appear at the PPV. Adding credence to that speculation, notable wrestling “journalist” Dan Seltzer of Dan Seltzer’s Wrestling Examiner 1-900 Hotline claimed to have backstage confirmation that Punk has joined AEW and will be at the show.
“Sources tell me Punk has signed a deal and will definitely appear at the show, unless he hasn’t, and unless he doesn’t,” Seltzer said on his Wrestling Examiner Live podcast Thursday. “Plans can change.”
“Well, you know, brother, let me tell you something,” said Seltzer’s co-host, retired 1980s pro wrestler Thaddeus “The Professor” Puffinbottoms. “It’s a well known scientific fact that whether or not C.M. Punk will appear at a wrestling event can be determined by watching to see if he signs up for a convention.”
“If Punk goes to Starrcast, brother, then he’s showing up at All Out,” Puffinbottoms said. “But if he gets scared of his shadow and runs back into his house, then we’ve got six more weeks of a Baron Corbin main event push in WWE, brother.”
Bleeding Cool will keep close tabs on this situation.