Former WWE Superstar CM Punk has not been seen on WWE television since the 2014 edition of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He walked out on the company the next day and has not looked back since then. Following his WWE exit, many fans have been wanting to see Punk make his return to the company every year. He has yet to make his return to the squared circle and at this point in time, it seems very unlikely. A WWE Superstar was also previously punished for ripping off CM Punk.
CM Punk had been in talks with AEW for quite a while as indicated by reports and it all came true as The Second City Saint made his return to pro wrestling on AEW Rampage: The First Dance back in August.
AEW President Tony Khan recently spoke on the post-AEW Full Gear media scrum, where he stated that he felt CM Punk getting booed in his match against Eddie Kingston was the same as The Rock getting booed in his match against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18.
“I remember being the only person out of 70,000 cheering for The Rock in Toronto. My friend looked over me like, “what are you doing?” I was like, ‘somebody has to.’ That’s how I felt about Punk getting booed tonight [at Full Gear]. There were way more Punk people tonight than there were Rock people in Toronto. I can attest as I was there for both shows.”