CM Punk officially made its comeback on Friday evening.
This time, however, he is not with WWE.
Punk, after not wrestling professionally for seven years, appeared on All Elite Wrestling’s “Rampage” in Chicago to officially announce his signing with the company.
Naturally, the sold-out crowd at the United Center went wild.
Punk, a three-time WWE World Heavyweight champion and former WWE champion, will officially step back into the ring at AEW “All Out” on September 5 to take on Darby Allin in Chicago.
Punk – his real name is Phil Brooks – was released from WWE in 2014 after a lengthy public dispute with CEO Vince McMahon.
He was also involved in a defamation lawsuit with the WWE doctor and vowed never to step into the ring again after he left.
Punk briefly tried to make it in the UFC, but holds a 0-1-0 record. He lost his debut in 2016 to Mikey Gall in the first round, then fell to Mike Jackson by unanimous decision in 2018.
However, that was later changed to a no-contest after Jackson failed a drug test. He has not fought since then.
While it was already well underway, Punk’s entry into AEW is a huge asset to the company trying to rival WWE.
And while it took him years to get back into the sport, punk sounds excited to finally be back in the ring.