We reported exclusively here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium on May 9, 2013 that WWE wants CM Punk to return for WWE Payback next month. We were told he was in "no rush" to come back and preferred a return closer to SummerSlam.
The June 2013 issue of WWE Magazine provides proof that WWE expects their former 434-day champion and straight-edge superstar back for the show.
In a two page spread looking at payouts, payoffs and paychecks in anticipation for WWE Payback, Punk is featured on the right of the feature. The following is written:
Punk's Best Chicago Moments
- No one else has made the most of a hometown crowd than CM Punk. WWE Payback hails from Chi-Town, and if the moments below are any indication, it's going to be another big night for him.
The following Chicago moments are mentioned:
1. Extreme Rules 2012 (CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho)
2. Money in the Bank 2011 (CM Punk vs. John Cena)
3. Raw-January 19,2009
4. Wrestlemania 22
Punk "walked out" of WWE on the April 15th episode of WWE Raw, writing him off television for a company approved hiatus. He's been away, re-charging his batteries and healing various nagging injuries.
WWE Payback will take place Sunday, June 16, 2013 from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. We'll have exclusive live play-by-play coverage here at WrestlingNewsWorld.com.