Monday Night Raw returns to Chicago on March 3, with a live taping at the Allstate Arena.
So far the only official announcements for the Chicago episode of Monday Night Raw is that The Shield will battle The Wyatt Family, and that Aaron Paul will serve as guest star.
CM Punk returns?
The news of CM Punk returning was first reported by world-renowned WWE reporter Dave Meltzer, who made the announcement on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio.
Meltzer said his source for the news of Punk's return is a top WWE star.
If the rumor turns out to be true, WWE Universe would go absolutely bonkers. After all, Punk has been missing from action since Jan. 27.
Punk reportedly walked away from the WWE after competing for 50 minutes inside the Royal Rumble ring, only to see Batista win it all.
Punk was apparently upset that the WWE didn't script him to win it instead, and that he never seemed to get the push he felt he deserved.
Punk's contract is set to expire this July, but the WWE is apparently interested in opening the lines of communication back up with the disgruntled superstar.
Since Punk left the promotion, the WWE has had to deal with crowds at every house show chanting his name. Those chants will only get louder in Chicago, where Punk was born and raised.
Analysis: If Punk does come back to the WWE, the March 3 Monday Night Raw taping in Chicago would make perfect sense as a spot for him to a make his grant return.
WWE Universe loves CM Punk, but he's especially beloved in Chicago.
The crowd would flip if Punk made a surprise return for the Chicago episode of Monday Night Raw, and it was would help hype the upcoming Wrestlemania XXX event slated for New Orleans.
Punk has had his mini-vacation from pro wrestling, so now he should be all healed up and ready to go.
If Punk returns to the WWE fold with an appearance at Chicago's Monday Night Raw, there's a good chance he might start a feud with Triple H that could hype up a Wrestlemania XXX confrontation between the two superstars.