CM Punk has been the most talked about wrestler in the WWE this year.

This is despite his abrupt departure from WWE back in January after Royal Rumble.

Talk of a return in the last few months brought no good news for CM Punk fans, but has WWE found his perfect replacement?

According to reports, CM Punk's contract expired on July 17th, but WWE countered that this week with the signing of Kenta.

Kenta is a Japanese wrestling superstar that actually invented Punk's GTS. Another move of Kenta's adopted by WWE has been the Busaiku Knee that former WWE champion Daniel Bryan has used.

It's nice to see Kenta finally get some WWE recognition, but whether he can truly replace CM Punk will depend on his ability to get the crowd worked up on the mic, just like Punk did in his heyday.

Check out the video below for the report. 

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Return rumors fall flat

Rumors that suggested CM Punk would return fell on their face last weekend when several reports suggested that WWE would not renew his contract beyond July 17th, which was the date that his contract was expected to expire. 

“We noted before that there was talk within WWE that the company would add another 6 months to CM Punk’s contract when it expires in a few days. The belief this week is that since it’s not really in anyone’s best interest, WWE won’t be forcing the extension,” Wrestlinginc.com reported at the time. 

So that is something to bear in mind. If WWE wanted to extend his contract, they could have. It was up to them. And there will be a lot of WWE fans insisting they should have kept him on their books for another six months. 

But the reality is that both CM Punk and WWE are moving forward separately, leaving Kenta with big boots to fill. 

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