Former WWE Champion CM Punk is arguably the most polarizing figure in the entire wrestling industry right now. He has faced several controversies throughout his career. The Voice of the Voiceless is currently signed to AEW. However, he has been off TV for nearly a year now, following an unforeseen incident.
Meanwhile, the time has finally arrived for the AEW fans to welcome back one of the biggest names in wrestling today. During the latest episode of Dynamite, Tony Khan made a massive announcement that is since making headlines. The CEO of the promotion appeared on the Titantron to announce the return of CM Punk in advance for the first episode of the brand-new show Collision.
The new Saturday show Collision will commence on June 17th, 2023. Though it was obvious to the fans that Punk is set to make his return, this is still huge news regardless. Furthermore, the first episode is set to take place in the self-proclaimed Best in the World’s hometown of Chicago. Which makes his return more fitting.
During the AEW All Out 2022 media scrum, Punk had a meltdown where he upset the company EVPs and other wrestlers. Following the scrum, he reportedly had a legit backstage brawl with Kenny Omega and Young Bucks. Which resulted in his indefinite suspension from the company. Many even speculated that the former AEW champion may never come back. Nonetheless, he is already advertised for the new show.
Wrestling Twitter has mixed reactions regarding the return announcement of CM Punk
While casual wrestling fans can’t wait to see CM Punk back in action, hardcore AEW fans seemingly have mixed feelings. Many are speculating that the drama between Punk and the Jacksonville-based promotion could reignite right after his return. Let’s take a look at the most polarizing reactions from the fans regarding Punk’s return:
— Bexxstarr (@Bexxstarrr) June 1, 2023
Not surprised, and honestly glad to just know for sure finally. Hopefully he doesn’t start shit with everyone and get fired or injured within a month. I don’t care for the guy, but glad to finally know.
— DaRenewableNoob🏳️⚧️ (@DaRenewableNoob) June 1, 2023
Chicago will be great for a response but wonder if it will be 50/50 or worse elsewhere?pic.twitter.com/2IqV1JaHcD
— Mikey 3️⃣count (@Mikey_3count) June 1, 2023
— Nabeel (@EnterTheHangman) June 1, 2023
Punk coming back after disrespecting the whole AEW and even after getting suspended he continued and he’s back ;p Tony on all fours in front of him.
— WrestlingMountie (@WrestlingMounti) June 1, 2023
ON ONE HAND.
happy to see cm punk and wrestle even in a limited time on AEW collision.
but on the other hand.
I’m completely fine if punk NEVER came back to AEW and stayed away from wrestling for good.
time will tell if this was the correct move.
— ! (@SATSUINOHOMIE) June 1, 2023
Regardless of whether people liked it or not, the return of the former WWE Superstar was a necessary move for AEW and Tony Khan from a business perspective. His presence has generated significant buzz and media attention in the past, leading to increased viewership and interest in Khan’s promotion. And now, the company must be hoping for the numbers to increase.