CM Punk is set to return to AEW on June 17th on the debut episode of Collision.
The star hasn’t featured for the company since sparking complete and utter chaos in the aftermath of All Out on September 4th. At the time there was a great deal of speculation that not only was Punk done with AEW but he could be done with wrestling altogether.
Much of this theory played into the fact that Punk had walked away from the industry previously after falling out of love with WWE in 2014. However, the birth of AEW changed the landscape dramatically, and on August 20th, 2021, Punk returned to pro wrestling on the second-ever episode of AEW Rampage dubbed “The First Dance.”
The show took place at the United Center in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Bulls, and the title played on Jordan’s famous “Last Dance” with the Bulls in 1998.
Punk’s impending return to AEW will not only coincide with the launch of Collision but the show will reportedly be announced on May 17th at the Warner Bros Discovery upfronts, along with a massive new TV deal.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer stated that the announcement of Collision is imminent, and the debut episode will be known as “The Second Coming.”
“With that show will come a new deal with WBD, the announcement of the 6/17 debut date, believed to be at the United Center in Chicago, and the return of C.M. Punk on a show called “The Second Coming.””
CM Punk Pushing To Work With Samoa Joe
In an update on the specifics of CM Punk’s AEW return, a new report offered insight into what the star will be doing when he does make his long-awaited return. While it had been suggested that Punk would be working with Chris Jericho, it appears that the man himself is pushing to work with old Ring of Honor rival Samoa Joe.
The report also suggested that AEW is planning a “marquee match” for the debut episode of Collision, but there is no word on who this match will involve.