Former WWE superstar and WWE champion CM Punk has retired from Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ahead of his All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debut in its pay per view- All Out. Punk, who parted ways with WWE in 2014 in an infamous way, has signed a full-time contract with AEW. With this move, he has returned to Professional wrestling and will participate in the All Out of AEW on September 5 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Punk, whose real name is Phillip Jack Brooks, fought 2 fights in MMA, both under the UFC banner. He lost his first fight against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on September 10, 2016, via a first-round rear-naked choke submission. Punk lost his second one to Mike Jackson but the fight was later overturned.
Punk revealed his decision to join AEW
Recently, CM Punk in an interview with WGN News revealed his decision to join the AEW. “Now Everyone stops saying when you are coming back. Time is a big thing. I had many things to do. AEW I really liked it,” quoted Punk. He also added that he loves professional wrestling and after seeing things from AEW he made his mind to come back.
“I will do many more things in AEW besides action. I have so much to show the world at the moment. Tony Khan is the perfect person and turning down his offer is not a good thing”, Punk. He also added that he liked the people and the backstage area is also strong.
CM Punk had stamped his name in WWE
CM Punk was a WWE star that doesn’t need an introduction. He was very popular in WWE and had belted many achievements in Vince McMahon’s company. He became WWE World Heavyweight Champion three- times and also became the WWE Champion two- times. He has also belted the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) title for one- time. Punk reportedly left the WWE due to mental and physical health as he stated that he was kept rushing by WWE for months even with broken ribs, knee injuries and concussions. Among other reasons, the second city saint was unhappy with the pay he was receiving compared to other big stars.
Now, with Punk now set to hit the arena of AEW in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on September 5, the fans and supporters would be cheering right behind him.