CM Punk made his All Elite Wrestling debut at AEW Rampage: The First Dance back in August 2021. His debut changed the course of the company for the better at that point as well. That said, it appears there is a good reason why Punk didn’t main event All Out that year.

Darby Allin is currently one of the top stars in AEW and is viewed as one of the Four Pillars in the company. He had the privilege of being CM Punk’s first opponent after the latter’s AEW debut in 2021.

CM Punk chose Darby Allin as his first opponent as the two clashed at AEW All Out. It was Punk’s first match since 2014 and many wondered how he would perform. In the end, CM Punk would win his return match after seven long years. That said, the two did not end up main eventing the pay-per-view, which many found odd.

While speaking on Drinks with Johnny, Darby Allin looked back on his match with The Second City Saint at AEW All Out 2021. Allin revealed that he and Punk did not main event the show due to Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole’s debuts that night.


“You’re correct (Allin re-confirmed to the podcast host that he was not the main event of All Out 2021).

I think it’s because (Bryan) Danielson and Adam Cole debuted that night, because I was for sure we were gonna be main eventing and then I was like, there’s gotta be a catch here. Lo and behold, there it was.”

CM Punk hasn’t been seen on AEW television since All Out 2022 but is expected to make his return on the debut episode of AEW Collision next month. We’ll have to see how his return will be received by fans and critics alike.

What are your thoughts on CM Punk and Darby Allin not main eventing AEW All Out 2021 due to the debuts of Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole? Leave a comment.

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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