Nine months later, CM Punk is officially back in AEW.

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CM Punk will officially return to AEW for the debut of its new Saturday night brand, Collision, on 17 June.

AEW founder and president Tony Khan confirmed as much during last night's Dynamite. A short, straightforward announcement saw Khan confirm Punk's Collision participation in a pretaped segment, drawing what sounded like a loud, positive crowd reaction in San Diego, California.


Collision's maiden voyage sets sail from Chicago, IL's United Center. Andrade El Idolo, Thunder Rosa, Miro, and Powerhouse Hobbs are amongst the wrestlers already locked in for the new imprint, which will reportedly coincide with AEW launching a brand split.

Khan has been slow-dripping AEW fans the Collision news for several weeks now. Last week, he confirmed Chicago, IL as the debut location, stopping short of announcing Punk's comeback.


Punk has been out of AEW action since All Out 2022 last September, where he and Ace Steel brawled with Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks after an incendiary post-show media scrum. Steel, the only person to be fired in the incident's aftermath, has been brought back to work with Punk, though he won't be on the road for Collision.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for eight years and is currently WhatCulture's Wrestling Channel Manager. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.