Daniel Cormier, Justin Gaethje and Other MMA Stars Hype Up CM Punk’s Return to Pro Wrestling

Published 08/21/2021, 8:48 AM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)


Phil Brooks a.k.a CM Punk made his much-anticipated return to pro-wrestling under the AEW banner. The ovation he received upon his return is beyond words. Fans were thrilled to see the straight edge superstar back to pro-wrestling after a hiatus of almost 7 years. UFC stars like Daniel Cormier, Justin Gaethje, and more also reacted to the iconic moment in the world of sports and entertainment.

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Punk has been a true revolutionary since his WWE days. His rebel character and habit of cutting unscripted promos made fans become believers in him. However, he left the sport in 2014 after falling out with WWE management. Fans have wanted to see him back in action since. The wait is finally over, to say the least.

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While Punk tried MMA and had 2 outings in the UFC in the meantime, it was clear that age was not on his side to compete in the level of competition that the UFC offers. But, in pro wrestling, he is one of the most adored superstars. Fans will keep a close eye on how things unfold for Punk in his new home, i.e. AEW.

UFC and MMA stars react to the return of CM Punk

Former two-division UFC champion, Daniel Cormier was thrilled to see Punk back. He was amazed by the pop that ‘The Best In the World’ received when his music hit.

Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje reacted to DC’s post as well. ‘The Highlight’ left a fire emoji.

Derek Brunson pointed out why Punk should never consider returning to MMA, as he is perhaps the biggest superstar in the world of pro-wrestling.

Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg reacted to Punk’s return speech as well.

Ariel Helwani believes pro wrestling has been rejuvenated by Punk’s return. In fact, he even pointed out that this is way better than John Cena’s recent WWE return.

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It was truly an outstanding moment to see Punk back in action. He is no doubt one of the best in the business to ever do it. Fans will tune in to pro wrestling once again to see how things unfold.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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