CM Punk Makes First Broadcast Appearance Since AEW Suspension

CM Punk in a suit

CM Punk hasn’t been seen since AEW All Out, dethroning Jon Moxley in front of a hometown audience to begin his second reign as AEW World Champion. Despite the win, well-received match, and post-match staredown with a returning MJF, Punk’s involvement at the event is best remembered for what happened after the show.

Making disparaging comments regarding a number of his colleagues during the post-show media scrum, CM Punk was subsequently suspended and, therefore, stripped of the AEW World Championship. It’s unlikely he’ll ever resurface in the company, per various reports.

He has, however, returned to screens – just not in a wrestling capacity. Instead, ‘The Best in the World’ returned to Cage Fury Fighting Championships, providing colour commentary on their latest card. He’d originally signed on to provide analysis of the fights in 2018, though his AEW obligations limited his appearances over the past year.

CM Punk’s Ill-Fated MMA Venture

It’s not just announcing that CM Punk has provided to the world of mixed martial arts, as the former WWE Superstar also contested two fights for Dana White’s UFC. Announcing his arrival at UFC 181, he lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 before going to a no contest with Mike Jackson at UFC 225. Jackson originally won, though the decision was overturned after his positive marijuana test.

Following this, UFC President Dana White went on record to MMA Fighting to say that CM Punk should think about wrapping up his MMA career:

“Listen, he got clipped a lot in that fight, and it looked like he was hurt bad a couple of times. He stayed in there, he went for three rounds.

It should be a wrap. The guy’s 39-years-old. I love the guy. He’s the nicest guy in the world. We gave him two shots, and he had a lot of heart tonight in this fight, and yeah, I think he should call it a wrap.”

H/T to CBS Sports.