CM Punk makes his AEW in-ring debut and has his first match in over seven-and-a-half years this coming Sunday at All Out against Darby Allin.
Punk’s return was one of the most historic moments in wrestling history, and ESPN has covered the story of his return in detail.
CM Punk made his first appearance on the August 20 edition of Rampage in Chicago, Illinois, but according to ESPN’s report, he only actually signed his contract “about 30 minutes” before showtime:
Punk arrived early at the United Center and got a text from his lawyer while there. He told Punk that he should probably sign his AEW contract before appearing on television, so he did that about 30 minutes before the start of Rampage.
It was said that Punk hadn’t slept for two nights before the big moment, and was nervous and anxious backstage, even questioning things such as his choice of sneakers.
Back on February 12, CM Punk responded to a fan on Twitter who asked him which AEW stars he’d want to face, to which he replied Powerhouse Hobbs, Darby Allin, Brian Pillman Jr, Ricky Starks, and Jungle Boy.
Tony Khan texted Punk that he liked his list, and within a few weeks, they were talking about money and how he would debut.
Ahead of All Out, CM Punk will be on commentary for tonight’s match on AEW Rampage between Daniel Garcia and Punk’s opponent on Sunday, Darby Allin.