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CM Punk returns to professional wrestling with AEW

CM Punk

CM Punk has a new deal with AEW. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

CM Punk officially made his return on Friday night.

This time, though, he’s not with WWE.

Punk, after seven years away from professional wrestling, appeared at All Elite Wrestling’s “Rampage” in Chicago to officially announce that he was signing with the company.

Naturally, the sold out crowd at the United Center went wild.

Punk, a three-time WWE World Heavyweight champion and former WWE champion will officially step back into the ring at AEW “All Out” on Sept. 5 to take on Darby Allin in Chicago.

Punk — his real name is Phil Brooks — was released from WWE in 2014 after a lengthy public dispute with CEO Vince McMahon. He was involved in a defamation lawsuit with WWE’s doctor, too, and pledged to never step back into the ring after his departure.

Punk briefly tried to make it

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Wrestling World Reacts To CM Punk’s Return To The Ring

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After seven years of hearing nonstop rumors about his potential return, CM Punk is officially back in professional wrestling.

On Friday night, Punk made his debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW). His first appearance since 2014 was truly epic, as the crowd at the United Center legitimately erupted when they heard Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality.”

Punk didn’t take his return to pro wrestling for granted, as he went into the crowd and greeted a few fans wearing his apparel.

While there have been plenty of great crowd reactions over the years, Punk may have surpassed every wrestler for loudest pop of all time.

Check it out:

Talk about being a fan favorite.

Some fans at the United Center were so excited to see Punk they legitimately had tears in their eyes.

Even those who watched Punk’s return on TV

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