CM Punk is on his way to AEW. Tony Khan’s company did not shy away from highlighting “CM Punk” chants when “The First Dance” United Center Rampage was announced for August 20th. Even more signs are pointing toward his return to action. Ringside News also exclusively reported that he has signed deal with AEW, and it was 100% confirmed that he will be at a show in Chicago. Naturally, Punk is training hard for that return, but he also got started a bit early.

Many pro wrestlers develop “ring rust” during their time away from the ring. That is apparently not the case for the Second City Savior. Fightful Select reports that a source said “it was as if he’d never left” the squared circle.

CM Punk got back in the ring in preparation for his role on the Starz series “Heels.” You can check out how CM Punk looks on that show sans tattoos. That conditioning for Punk allowed him to get some of that ring rust off. Many people who worked with CM Punk in the ring as part of the Heels production had amazing things to say.

It was also reported that CM Punk looked to be “completely healthy,” even compared to the end of his run with WWE. Another source told the outlet that Punk “was very good in the ring, to the point where they wondered if he’d been training in private leading up to being in the ring with them.”


CM Punk’s in-ring return is exciting and a lot of fans might switch over to AEW for the first time to see what he has in the tank after six years away from the business. Betting odds are also set for who AEW will choose as his first opponent. It seems that CM Punk is ready for action.

What’s your take on this story? Who should CM Punk face first in AEW? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

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