CM Punk was the wrestling world’s hottest free agent for seven years, but now he’s back to the company. The former WWE Champion is officially signed to All Elite Wrestling, making his debut promotion on Friday’s edition of Rampage – creating an all-time great moment in the process.
So what’s next?
Punk’s return is part of building All Out, one of AEW’s quarterly pay-per-views. He will fight Darby Allin, one of the company’s biggest domestic stars. The main event of the show – or at least the main battle for the championship – will see Kenny Omega defend the AEW championship against Christian Cage.
The show is on September 5th, here’s what you need to know about it.
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CM Punk’s return
After a month of rumors and speculation, CM Punk officially returned to wrestling in the August 20th episode of AEW Rampage. The whisper began with a report from Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, one of wrestling’s most trusted journalists. Sapp reported on July 22nd that CM Punk had talks with AEW about a return to the ring.
That whisper became scream in the episode of Dynamite on July 28th. At the beginning of the show, a special edition of Rampage was announced. (Note: Rampage debuted last Friday, so this Friday episode is only the second episode.) It will be called The First Dance and will air from the United Center in Chicago. Since punk is synonymous with Chicago, the Dynamite crowd broke into “CM Punk” singing. In the next segment, Darby Allin said AEW is the only place to prove you’re the greatest – “even if you think you’re the best in the world”.
“The Best in the World” was CM Punk’s nickname during his run in WWE. With Darby’s allusion to punk coming right after the Chicago show’s announcement, the wrestling world has taken this as confirmation that punk will show up at Rampage on Friday to play a match against Darby on All Out.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Punk opened the Aug. 20 Rampage episode with a massive reaction, delivering a rousing and heartfelt speech to fans and crowning them by challenging Darby Allin to a match on All Out. It will be his first official wrestling match since the 2014 Royal Rumble – Barack Obama was president the last time punk wrestled and The Undertaker still had an undefeated WrestleMania streak.
So check out All Out, tee times
AEW All Out is available through PPV for $ 60, but is also available through streaming services. If you’re in the US, it’s $ 50 via B / R Live. In the UK and Australia, you’ll watch it on Fite TV instead, where it costs $ 20 (£ 14, A $ 25).
The Bleacher Report Live app is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, and Android. Fite TV is available for all of the pluses listed above, and smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sony and Panasonic.
The main show starts at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET, with a preshow that starts an hour before. For grappling fans in the UK, All Out’s main show starts early Monday at 1 a.m. GMT (Preshow on Sunday at midnight). Down under, the show starts at 10 a.m. AEST (9 a.m. preshow).
The games announced, with more to come, are as follows:
- AEW Championship: Kenny Omega (c) vs. Christian Cage.
- CM Punk vs. Darby Allin (with Sting).
- Pac vs. Andrade The Idol.
- Paul White versus QT Marshall.
- Steel Cage AEW Tag Team Championship Match: The Young Bucks (c) vs. Winner of the Tag Team Eliminators.
- Casino Battle Royale for women.