Social Media Numbers Show Brock Lesnar’s WWE Return Easily Overshadowed CM Punk’s AEW Debut

Published 08/23/2021, 11:20 AM EDT


For the professional wrestling fans, last week was a crazy emotional rollercoaster ride. Fans around the globe witnessed massive returns over the weekend and many still celebrating. Although ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch made her return at the SummerSlam PPV, people are still hungover on the returns of Brock Lesnar and CM Punk.

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Yes, you read it right!. These returns happened over the weekend.

‘The Best in the World’ CM Punk made his gigantic return on an episode of AEW Rampage: ‘The First Dane’ to a huge pop and Brock Lesnar made his comeback at SummerSlam on Saturday in Vegas.

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But it seems like Lesnar’s return overshadowed the massive return of CM Punk. That’s what the internet says at least.

Brock Lesnar is more popular than CM Punk on the internet

On WWE’s official Instagram handle, the returning Brock Lesnar post gathered more than a staggering 3 million views in 24 hours; meanwhile, on AEW’s official Instagram handle of Punk’s return has gathered only half a million views since last week’s Friday.

The difference in these numbers speaks volumes about the fan base between the two companies. Now, while this is not directly linked to wrestlers’ popularity; but WWE is way ahead of AEW in terms of social media engagement.

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NEW YORK, NY – August 23: Brock Lesnar in action during his fight against The Undertaker at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Yes, this is true that Tony Khan and his company really got WWE to push the panic button after debuting Punk. Maybe that is the reason we saw such absurd match endings at SummerSlam.

Now, it is very unlikely that we will see Lesnar on a weekly basis standing against Roman Reigns in the same ring, but it will be a fun rivalry to witness.

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With Paul Heyman clearly on Roman’s side, it will be interesting to watch how WWE’s creative team moves ahead with this rivalry.

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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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