CM Punk may have done it all in a career spanning almost two decades, but the former World Champion has revealed that there is one moment that stands above all others.
On August 20th CM Punk returned to the world of professional wrestling for the first time in more than seven years. Tickets for the event sold out minutes after going on general release as the consensus seemed to be something historic was set to happen on the second edition of Rampage, even if Punk’s return hadn’t been confirmed.
That something came when CM Punk made his entrance to the deafening roar of the Chicago crowd with Cult Of Personality ringing around the jam-packed arena.
The home town hero came home. It was official, CM Punk was All Elite.
Punk opened maybe the most anticipated promo in recent memory by saying that the crowd sure know how to make a man feel like he’s Britt Baker in Pittsburgh. The hometown boy then thanked the fans, saying that he heard their chants for seven long years. But he said he had to leave WWE because he was “never going to get healthy in the same place that got him sick in the first place.”
Sitting cross-legged reminiscent of his legendary pipe bomb promo, Punk recalled leaving Ring Of Honor in 2005. The Chicago native said that he left ROH with tears in his eyes because on August 13th 2005, he knew he was leaving professional wrestling. However, on August 20th 2021, he came back.
Appearing on ESPN’s SportsNation, reflecting on his time in AEW to date, Punk said that walking out at the United Center in his hometown was the number one moment in his career.
“I definitely think it’s the number one moment of my career,” CM Punk said. “I’ve been fortunate, I ‘ve done a lot of cool things, won titles, sold out buildings, wrestled a lot of big names. But to come back after seven years and have that be the response? It shows you that I think that I left my fingerprints all over the industry.
“I know we cheated a little bit and it was in my hometown, but still, to sell out the United Center on a rumour and to come back and feel that love, it’s pretty incredible. And it’s still a little bit overwhelming to tell you the truth.”
Since arriving in AEW, CM Punk has remained undefeated. On the most recent episode of Dynamite Punk donned Sting’s face paint to team with The Icon and Darby Allin to defeat his new rival MJF and FTR.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.