As the wrestling fans woke up on Saturday, they welcomed the day with one crazy event that happened in Chicago. After weeks of rumours and speculations, former WWE superstar and 5-time champion CM Punk finally made his debut appearance in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) at The First Dance event on Rampage, much to the shock and excitement of all fans across the globe.
The 42-year-old returned to wrestling ring after a long wait of 7 years, having left WWE because of his sour relations with chairman Vince McMahon post Royal Rumble 2014. Although he was seen as a guest analyst back in 2019, the fans have been longing to see 'The Best in the World' inside the ring once again. Everyone's wishes were finally granted when the American wrestler made a stunning appearance at the United Center in his hometown in front of 15,000 fans.
Watch CM Punk's return here:
I’m back because there’s a couple of scores to settle: Punk
The 42-year-old received a grand applause as the arena erupted with 'Punk' chants all around. As soon as he grabbed the mic, the superstar revealed that it was not a one-off appearance by him in AEW. While delivering a stunning speech, Punk clarified that he had made an incredible return to wrestling ring to settle a few scores, confirming that he is here to stay.
“I heard (the chants) for seven years. I heard you. There is a lot to cover. The good news is I have got time. Wednesday’s and Friday’s. I have got the time and I ain’t going anywhere... I’m back because there’s a couple of scores to settle in that locker room,” Punk said on his return.
Punk asks everyone to grab a free ice-cream bar
The American wrestler also didn't shy away from giving some WWE references during his crazy speech on Saturday. Punk criticized the American wrestling company as he termed it as a place that made him "sick in the first place".
Amid all this, he also brought back the famous ice-cream bar reference for his fans. While appreciating everyone who waited 7 years for his comeback, Punk said, "On your way out of United Centre tonight, grab yourself a free ice-cream bar on me."
Talking about his AWE career, Punk also challenged Darby Allin - who was watching him alongside Sting - for a fight at All Out pay-per-view, which is set to take place on September 5 in Chicago.