(CTN News) – The news of CM Punk’s return to WWE shocked the professional wrestling community. Punk, a local Chicagoan, stunned Survivor Series: WarGames attendees with his music after the main event and an unexpected trip to the entry ramp for a photo op and audience celebration.
After Saturday night’s WWE Survivor Series performance in his birthplace of Chicago, the enormously popular and divisive professional wrestler appeared. The fact that Punk showed up was both unexpected and secretly planned.
As the card’s main event concluded, Punk’s entrance theme from “Cult of Personality” began to play, and he made his way into the arena just before the show ended. In his trademark kneeling position, punk yelled out, “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” as the audience erupted in astonishment.
After a physical incident with wrestler Jack Perry backstage, All Elite Wrestling (AEW), WWE’s main rival, dismissed Punk in August. For two years, Punk was a member of AEW, a time filled with injuries, conflict, and even physical altercations. It didn’t stop Punk from being the most lucrative attraction for AEW; he won the world title twice.
CM Punk’s return to WWE will undoubtedly be the talk of wrestling and beyond for quite a while, even while his creative plans remain shrouded in mystery. Over the last 20 years, CM punk has emerged as one of the most prominent figures in the industry.
During the press conference that followed the event, WWE CCO Paul “Triple H” Levesque stated, “This was one of those lightning-in-a-bottle moments that came together very quickly.” Nonetheless, we couldn’t be more thrilled about it.
A lot of time has passed. It has taken a long time in some respects. This could be said of CM Punk. No matter how you feel about him—love him or detest him, positive or negative—people are always talking about him. It seems to be drawn to him. It’s hard to see past the fact that he starts conversations.
Levesque shared a selfie with Punk on his X account later on Saturday.
— Triple H (@TripleH) November 26, 2023
With a sour attitude, Punk departed WWE in 2014. He left first because of health problems, and then he learned he was fired on the day of his wedding. Later that year, he signed with the UFC and competed in two fights. After a seven-year hiatus, he made a triumphant comeback to the ring in 2021 with AEW.
After CM Punk discussed his treatment by Amann and WWE on a podcast in late 2014, WWE’s doctor Chris Amann sued Punk for slander.
During Punk’s tenure in WWE, he and Levesque had their share of personal problems. When asked about people’s attitudes and behaviors over the past decade, Levesque stated on Saturday, “you messed up.”
After all, “everybody grows, everybody changes,” Levesque remarked. “We’re not the same person. We’re completely different. Keep in mind that this is not your average business. Every one of us is starting from the same place. What are CM Punk’s future plans? Isn’t that going to be intriguing? I would like to witness that for myself.