CM Punk made his debut for All Elite Wrestling during Rampage The First Dance on August 20th. The United Center lost its roof as fans blew it off with their huge ovation for the Second City Savior. Ringside News was able to first exclusively report that CM Punk inked a deal with AEW on July 23rd, and that deal came together in a hurry.

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Ringside News also exclusively reported that CM Punk agreed to work 10 to 12 dates per year for AEW. He will get that started at All Out against Darby Allin.

According to a report fromFightful, CM Punk entered discussions for a multi-year deal with AEW and Punk took the deal. The talks started in “June at the latest,” about a week prior to their first report of Punk’s initial interest on July 21st.


At that time there were discussions regarding a multi-year contract with Punk to return, with Punk’s side being open to accepting that. We’re told the talks started well before that, June at the latest. As of the week prior to us reporting the two were in talks, we had been told of plans for a late August return.

CM Punk wasted no time declaring his first opponent. He will face Darby Allin on September 5th at All Out, live on pay-per-view. This was a huge moment for pro wrestling, because CM Punk is back. It was worth the seven-year wait in a lot of strange ways.

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