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Credit pwinsider on Punk on Raw

CM Punk made his official return to WWE Monday Night Raw last night and PWInsider.com has received a lot of questions about his promo on the show as well as how he was received backstage for his first night with the company after his surprise return at Survivor Series, the same day he came to terms to return.

As far as the promo, we are told that the initial plan was for a longer promo that would have given Punk more time, but timing issues led to the Randy Orton vs. Dominik Mysterio match to go longer than initially planned, so Punk's time was cut.  This is something that regularly happens on live WWE TV.  So, it was a more abbreviated promo than initially planned.

For fans who expected Punk to go all insane on AEW or Tony Khan, that was never going to happen.  The story is Punk's return back to WWE after nearly a decade, not the last place he wrestled.  For those who asked if the line about Punk being here to make money, not friends was a shot at AEW, it certainly could have been, but no one we spoke to could say that for sure.

Punk mentioned his wife, April aka AJ Lee during his promo.  Right now there has been no discussion of her coming in.  She retired years ago for health reasons and has carved out a successful writing career for herself, but one has to think that a cameo appearance or so down the line wouldn't be out of the question, especially since there are so many talents in the company today who have praised her work as influencing their careers.

Backstage, there were a lot of talents waiting to see which CM Punk showed up and for those expecting the grumpy Punk, well, that one didn't appear.  Punk was out and about with everyone else in the locker room and spent time talking to a lot of people before the show.  He wasn't sequestered away or anything like that.  We were told that Punk came in as if he wasn't above anyone else and was friendly to everyone who interacted with him.  Punk was described to PWInsider as seeming to be "happy to be there."  There was a hope among some that would remain the case.

One source who spoke with him relayed to PWInsider there was "no sign of the version of the person who we'd hear was so miserable in AEW."  A few people who weren't thrilled Punk was back noted that after talking with him, they felt better about Punk returning.  So, it was a good first night back in that regard.

Punk is not currently scheduled for Smackdown this Friday in Brooklyn, NY. 

Punk has not been assigned officially to any roster internally

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Entirely skippable SD tonight. Nothing remarkable at all.

You'd think following up on the momentum of Punk would have been a top priority...but neither Raw or SD have been anything to write home about. And the fact that they waited till 9:30 to tell people Punk wouldn't be on tonight was kinda shady. 

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The way WWE uses NXT now and how it actually matters what someone does in NXT is such a nice breath of fresh air. I know it should come to no surprise since Triple H and HBK basically share the same brain. This era of NXT where it is actually used as like a AAA baseball team might lowkey be the best era and might actually show bigger return on investments than any other era.

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5 hours ago, dje_wba said:

It is probably safe to assume that he will hold the title until at least Wrestlemania, but whether he actually drops it there this time or whether he continues to keep hold of it past Mania (again) remains to be seen.

I could be wrong but based on what I have been reading on social media, the WWE Universe is OVER The Bloodline and Roman's title streak. I feel like a lot of fans are expecting Roman to lose at Wrestlemania to Cody Rhodes possibly? I feel like the fans are over it. I also feel like fans have an issue with him barely showing up on live shows. Roman probably needs to rest or whatever but with all due respect to Roman, I feel like a large number of fans are over it.

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Jade showed up at some NFL thing with Undertaker/Michelle McCool, Sheamus, and Drew. - Proving once again what I already said about her (she is a star without doing anything). WWE could use her for promotional stuff, she could literally never wrestle a match, and she would still be a valuable asset to the company. I don't see any reason why they would be in a hurry to use her in any other way.

She's tailor-made for these types of events. I don't know that WWE has ever had anyone like her...who can thrive on that plane of existence. I think they tried with Eva Marie...but, she was a huge flop. People are just drawn to Jade.

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Sex Sells, Beauty Sells..... I don't just wanna see Jade wrestle, I also want to be able to look at her and simply see her doing something on television. The least they could do is come up with a storyline for her. WWE has turned into this game of simply making money by making appearances and getting the crowd hyped up for a moment that only lasts a few seconds.

I feel like WWE no longer feels the need to even try anymore. Everything they do this day and age requires such little effort and that is what pulls me away from WWE.

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