Is CM Punk All In? Styles vs. Nakamura Stipulation, WWE/Australia
Friday, May 11, 2018
UFC has already confirmed that CM Punk will be returning to the octagon for his second MMA fight during the UFC 225 show on June 9th, but could he be making another professional wrestling appearance later on this year? Pro Wrestling Tees announced earlier today that CM Punk will be signing autographs at their official store in Chicago, Illinois on August 31st. What makes this event so interesting is that the autograph signing takes place just one day before the huge 'All In' show hosted by Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks in the same city. Punk and The Young Bucks seem to still remain friends, so it certainly seems possible that he could be making an appearance at the show the following night.
WWE fans begged for a match between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles, and over the past month, those fans have certainly received their wish. Styles and Nakamura have had three matches so far: one at WrestleMania 34, another at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, and the most recent one taking place at Backlash. Given that those last two matches ended in indecisively, it seems incredibly likely that a fourth match will take place in order to finally settle the score. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the plan is for the next match between these two Smackdown stars to be a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship. No exact date for when the match will take place has been provided.
It was reported a few months ago that WWE would be returning to Australia for a major show at some point in the fall of this year. All of the plans seemed to be in place for WWE to host a huge event in the Melbourne Cricket Ground later this year, but several weeks have gone by without any online reports of confirmation from WWE relating to the event. A new update from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that the negotiations to bring the WWE event to Australia “hit a snag” a while back. It is unclear what exactly the issue is or if it is one that can even be fixed at this point, but this delay could potentially put the plans for WWE to return to Australia this year in jeopardy.