CM Punk Makes First TV Appearance Since AEW All Out Fight

CM Punk returns to the small screen for the first time since being suspended by AEW.

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CM Punk might not be back in professional wrestling - but he was back on television last night.

The 44-year-old made a fleeting appearance on last night's Talking Dead show on AMC, which aired following The Walking Dead's season finale. This was the fourth time Punk had appeared on Talking Dead but the first since 2014. In a short, pre-filmed message, the two-time AEW World Champion thanked the cast and crew for their years of work on The Walking Dead.

Interestingly, Punk's entrance theme, 'Cult Of Personality' by Living Color, was used during the Walking Dead finale itself, with humans using the track to draw the attention of a zombie horde.

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Wrestling-wise, Punk remains sidelined following his role in AEW's post-All Out 2022 brawl of 4 September. He and Ace Steel fought with The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega after Punk's incendiary press scrum comments, which saw him attack The Elite, 'Hangman' Adam Page, and Colt Cabana while sat beside AEW founder and CEO Tony Khan.

All involved parties were served immediate, indefinite suspensions following the shuffle. The Elite have since returned to television, Steel has been released, and Punk is understood to be in negotiations with AEW over a contract buyout.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. 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.