The Real Reason CM Punk Returned to Pro Wrestling in AEW

Published 08/21/2021, 2:35 AM EDT


On this week’s edition of AEW Rampage: ‘The First Dance’ from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, the wrestling world witnessed what seemed impossible since 2014. CM Punk made his way back into the world of professional wrestling.

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It was an emotional moment for both Punk and the fans inside the United Center. Punk kicked off tonight’s show with an emotional speech where he clarified he came back to stay.

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Following his debut in AEW, CM Punk and AEW President Tony Khan addressed the fans for a media call. In the same call, Punk reveals that what took Punk so long to reappear inside the ring.

During the call, Punk revealed that he and Tony Khan were connected for over a year, debating about his potential signing with AEW. However, Punk did not want to debut without the fans in attendance.

It seemed like an excellent decision by both parties, as the biggest return in modern-day wrestling would just appear stale without the presence of fans.

And when Punk walked out on the ramp tonight, the wait was worth it. The fans were screaming on top of their lungs, which made Punk tear up a bit; clearly, this moment was all possible because of the fans involved.

CM Punk is here to stay

While delivering his promo, Punk added that he is not just another part-timer stepping in for a short-term deal. He said that he is back to attend be the part of the shows on Wednesdays and Fridays, and even on PPVs.

AEW announced on their Twitter handle that Punk will make his appearance next week on Dynamite.

Punk further extended a challenge for AEW superstar, Darby Allin, who was coincidentally standing on the rafters alongside ‘The Icon’ Sting.

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He praised Allin for his outstanding in-ring skills; however, he warned Allin that nothing is more dangerous than facing CM Punk in Chicago.

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Hence, he proposed a match against Allin for AEW: All Out PPV on September 5th; Allin agreed to the challenge and made the match official after AEW went off the air.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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