Keith Lee, Mick Foley and Several WWE Superstars Go Crazy as CM Punk Makes AEW Debut

Published 08/21/2021, 1:31 AM EDT


The return of CM Punk to pro wrestling is one of the most shocking things that have happened this year. Despite being AEW’s worst kept secret, the audacity of the idea made it hard to believe for the fans.

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However, when CM Punk came down to the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, fans went wild. He received one of the biggest pops in the history of AEW. The “Best in the World” addressed multiple things, like his return to pro wrestling, his WWE career, and facing Darby Allin.

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Turns out, Punk’s return was hard to believe for many superstars as well. The likes of Thunder Rosa and Hikaru Shida responded quickly with emojis. Tay Conti shared a gif of a confused Vince McMahon.

After the debut, Sammy Guevera wanted to face, “Best in the world vs The Best Ever.” Evil Uno from the Dark Order tweeted out, “Evil Uno is co-workers with CM Punk.” Chuck Taylor of The Best Friends tweeted, “Always nice to add another former IWA Mid South champion to the team.”

Vickie Guererro and AEW Women’s Champion Dr. Britt Baker DMD posted backstage pictures with Punk. Vicki wrote, “My night was better than yours!!! This man is special to our family!!” While Baker tweeted, “Hey #Chicago, thanks for giving him the #Brittsburgh welcome.”

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Pro wrestling veterans react to the AEW debut of CM Punk

Before the show, Chris Jericho subtly hinted at Punk’s arrival. He tweeted a picture with a group of kids with Punk hairstyles and wrote “Its Clobbering time” as the caption. The latter is one of Punk’s catchphrases. Keith Lee wrote, “Pro Wrestling is wild. I love it.”

Lance Storm wrote, Starting #AEWRampage, I thought the crowd singing Judas for Jericho was the coolest entrance I ever saw. That is no longer the case, wow.” AEW mentor Taz wrote, “Absolutely an amazing night! What a F’N pop!!!! It’s was great to catch up with @CMPunk (been a long time!)…very happy he’s on our team! Thanks to all of you that showed up at the United Center & all of you guys that watch from home! #AEWRampage”

Later on, Paul Wight aka Big Show welcomed Punk into AEW, “@CMPunk very damn happy to see you.” Legendary commentator Tony Schiavone said while tweeting a photo of Punk’s return, “I have been asked many times: Hey Schiavone, what is the greatest night in the history of our great sport? My answer: This!”

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley shared a more intimate connection with Punk’s return. While Punk was going to the ring, he gave a hug to Foley’s future son-in-law. You can see all of their reactions below –

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What were your first thoughts when you saw CM Punk has returned? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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