One of the biggest stories in wrestling for months has been the rumors that CM Punk had reached a deal with All Elite Wrestling. Of course, rumors of Punk returning to wrestling have been constant since his last match for WWE in 2014. But the time finally came on Friday night when Punk officially debuted for AEW at the top of the Rampage broadcast.
Punk’s “Cult of Personality” music hit at the top of the show as the crowd erupted. Punk leaped into the crowd on his way to the ring after taking several breaks to soak in the moment in front of his hometown crowd.
Punk told the crowd that the most important thing he could say on the night is that if his personal decisions in life or his career made people felt let down, he understands. However, Punk said, he was never going to get healthy if he stayed in the same place where he “got sick in the first place.”
Punk’s debut ended when he said there are plenty of old scores to settle in the locker room and more new faces he wants to get his hands on in the ring, leading to him calling Darby Allin’s name. Allin was in the rafters with Sting where he watched as Punk officially laid out the challenge for a match at the All Out pay-per-view on Sept. 5.
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Jon Moxley def. Daniel Garcia via submission, locking in the bulldog choke to score the win. After the match, 2.0 helped Garcia to attack Moxley. Eddie Kingston tried to make the save before the numbers game caught up. Darby Allin and Sting made their way to the ring, helping Moxley and Kingston finish off 2.0 to close the show.