It turns out that Friday wasn’t the first time that CM Punk has secretly appeared at a pro wrestling show since his WWE departure. In fact, he donned a mask in 2015 to appear at a wrestling event too.
Fightful reports that CM Punk appeared at a Freelance Wrestling event on December 4th, 2015 called “Raw Power.” He managed Kirkutaro in a match against Darin Corbin and Dick Justice. Punk wore a cloak and threw out salt before the match. During the match the announce team referred to Punk as a “nameless mentor.”
The plan was actually for CM Punk to do a big reveal as part of Wrestling Road Diaries 3. However, Colt Cabana and Punk had their falling out as part of the Chris Amann lawsuit. So this remained a secret until very recently.
Apparently, there have been other times as well so maybe we’ll start to figure out when all of those additional secret appearances were eventually.