CM Punk makes pro-wrestling return with AEW

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CM Punk is again in skilled wrestling. However not with WWE.

After seven years away from the ring, Punk returned Friday evening with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), showing on its tv present “Rampage” in his hometown of Chicago. The promotion introduced Punk, one of the well-liked stars in professional wrestling via the 2010s, signed with AEW on social media.

Punk will wrestle Darby Allin in his first match again at AEW “All Out,” a pay-per-view occasion, on Sept. 5 in Chicago, the promotion mentioned.

AEW by no means introduced Punk, whose actual identify is Phil Brooks, would seem on the present however teased it on a number of events. The rumors and experiences led to AEW, an upstart promotion began in 2019, promoting out United Middle for its largest reside attendance ever.

Punk is a former three-time WWE World Heavyweight champion and former WWE champion.

Punk was launched by WWE in 2014 after a dispute with the corporate that led to WWE’s physician, Christopher Amann, suing him for defamation. Punk gained the lawsuit. For years, WWE followers at occasions would chant “CM Punk!” if they didn’t just like the product the promotion was placing in entrance of them.

After leaving professional wrestling, Punk launched into an MMA profession, coaching at Roufusport in Milwaukee with former UFC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis and Paul Felder. The UFC signed Punk in late 2014, however he did not make his debut till 2016, a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203.

In his second struggle, Punk misplaced by unanimous resolution to Michael Jackson at UFC 225 in June 2018. That bout was later overturned to a no-contest as a result of Jackson examined optimistic for marijuana.

Because of his recognition, Punk moved the pay-per-view and ticket-sales needle for the UFC, regardless of his lack of success within the Octagon. Punk stays on the UFC roster, although he has not fought in three years. He was examined twice by USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping associate, as lately because the fourth quarter of 2020.

UFC president Dana White was requested earlier this month on the UFC 265 prefight information convention about rumors that Punk was returning to professional wrestling. White mentioned if it have been true, the UFC would haven’t any downside with it.

“Clearly, if he is going to return to wrestling, he is greater than welcome to do this,” White mentioned.

AEW was based and is run by Tony Khan, the son of Jacksonville Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan. The promotion began in 2019 and has shortly gained traction as a competitor to WWE.

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