CM Punk left WWE back in 2014 after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and since then he vowed never to step foot inside a pro wrestling ring ever again. Of course, he broke his promise as Punk debuted on AEW Rampage: The First Dance. He was in talks with AEW for quite long time as well.
Punk himself absolutely loved his AEW debut and he has singlehandedly became the most talked-about pro wrestler on the planet for a long time after his debut. This certainly pleased many people, especially Mick Foley.
CM Punk has been competing in several matches on AEW Rampage since his debut and most of them have been well received by fans and critics alike. Jim Cornette previously criticized AEW for having Punk wrestle on Rampage so much.
While speaking with DAZN, CM Punk was asked if he would have made his return to pro wrestling had AEW not been a thing. Punk revealed that it was unlikely he would have come back in that case.
It’s a great question. One I’ve actually thought about, but I don’t think so. It happened at the right time, and timing is everything. There’s a lot of stuff that I had to heal on my own. I’m happy AEW is around now because I really don’t know if I’d have gone there sooner.
I’m not so worried about the past. I’m not so worried about the future. I’m worried about the present. That’s where I’m at now. I’m worried about the fans in the building. If they’re having a good time. If they’re going to tell their friends that they had a great time and they’re gonna come back next time. I want to I want to make sure they’re leaving with a giant smile on their face.”
CM Punk was recently critticized for not delivering in terms of ratings for AEW. CM Punk also defeated Bobby Fish on AEW Dynamite this week. We will have to wait and see what is next in store for him.
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