AEW: CM Punk comes out of retirement, to face Darby Allin at All Out (Watch video)
CM Punk had announced his retirement from pro-wrestling in 2014 but has come out of it to debut in All Elite Wrestling, challenging Darby Allin to a fight at the All Out pay-per-view.
Former world champion CM Punk shocked the world on Friday night when he made his surprise debut in All Elite Wrestling. During AEW's latest shoe of Rampage, he made his debut, eventually coming out of retirement.
The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar announced his retirement from the squared circle in 2014 following a severe fallout. He migrated into Mixed Martial Arts and signed up with Ultimate Fighting Championship to lose his only bout to Mickey Gall. Later, he became an actor and acted in five Hollywood movies.
Despite having a fallout in WWE, he returned to a WWE show, WWE Backstage, in 2019, which was originally a FOX production. He served as a guest and a particular analyst before the show was suspended and subsequently cancelled by the channel.
Speaking on his AEW debut, the crowd in Chicago (his hometown) went rapturous as he made his entrance into the arena. While the fans were chanting his name at the top of their voice, he hugged a few crowd members before entering the ring and grabbing the microphone for the first time in seven years.
During his promo, he criticised WWE, stating that the place made him sick, besides asserting that he has signed up for AEW on a long-term basis. He also made it clear that he had left pro-wrestling in 2005 after quitting Ring of Honor, indicating that he does not want to consider his nine-year-long stint with WWE as a part of his career. However, before he ended his promo, he challenged Darby Allin for a match at the upcoming All Out pay-per-view, scheduled to be held at Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on September 5.
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