Fans were eagerly waiting for CM Punk’s return on the debut episode of Collision, as it marked the first time he appeared on AEW television since All Out last year. It has been close to a month since his return and now it appears The Second City Saint is trying to repair his backstage reputation after returning to AEW.
CM Punk drew the ire of many fans and pro wrestlers alike thanks to his unhinged rant after AEW All Out last year and the subsequent backstage brawl with The Elite. AEW was never the same after that.
Barring the debut episode of AEW Collision, CM Punk has been on the receiving end of a lot of boos from fans on every episode of AEW Collision and even Dynamite. Clearly, many people still haven’t forgiven him for his actions at AEW All Out.
According to PWTorch, CM Punk’s backstage reception has been positive since his return. It was reported that The Second City Saint is taking his role as a locker room leader seriously and is determined to “repair his damaged reputation”.
Some believe that CM Punk is taking pride in the idea that Collision is “his show” and he’s “putting his stamp” on it both on-screen and off-screen. While not everyone is on board with Punk yet, the overall response to him looks to be “moving in the right direction”.
CM Punk will square off against Ricky Starks in the final of the men’s Owen Hart Foundation tournament on this week’s episode of AEW Collision. We’ll have to see whether he will win the whole tournament in the end.
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