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WWE Payback preview: CM Punk to make grand return to the ring?

According to a May 27 report from Cageside Seats, WWE Payback is coming to Chicago, which just so happens to be CM Punk's hometown. Does that mean Punk will be making his grand return to the WWE fold this weekend? Not necessarily, but the Chicago factor shouldn't be taken lightly.

CM Punk is rumored to appear at WWE Payback
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Punk, 35, is a beloved figure in WWE Universe, but he's especially revered in Chicago. If Punk returns at WWE Payback, the fans on hand would go absolutely berserk. After all, WWE fans have been waiting five months to see Punk back in action. Punk walked out on the WWE following this year's Royal Rumble, and he hasn't competed at any of the promotion's house shows since.

The WWE taped a live episode of Monday Night Raw in Chicago shortly after Punk's departure, and the fans tried their best to hijack the show with chants in his honor. The CM Punk chants were so loud that the WWE was forced to address the situation by having Paul Heyman come out to the center of the ring for a lengthy discussing on why he left.

Flash forward three months and the WWE is set to return to Chicago once again. No one knows for sure what Punk has on his mind, but this is as good a time as any for him to come back. WWE Payback will be taking place right in his backyard of Chicago, and the WWE could really use him since their top star, Daniel Bryan, is sidelined with a neck injury.

The WWE Payback event could use a little pop, and that's exactly what Punk would bring to the table. So far, the only official matches are The Shield vs Evolution in a No Holds Barred Elimination bout, and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt in a Last Man Standing clash. Elsewhere, Sheamus battles Cesaro for the U.S. title, Paige challenges Alicia Fox for the Diva's championship and Bad News Barrett fights Rod Van Dam for the Intercontinental championship.

Additionally, WWE Payback will feature a clash pitting Hornswoggle against El Torito, plus Rusev vs Big E. Adam Rose vs. Jack Swagger hasn't been made official, but that bout is also likely for WWE Payback. Finally, The Usos may lock horns with The Wyatt Family in a tag-team collision. That bout also hasn't been made official, and it might be a bit much asking Bray Wyatt to pull double duty on the card. WWE Payback, which airs live on the WWE Network, is set for June 1 in Chicago.