For the first time since AEW All Out, CM Punk has made a public appearance, returning to his broadcasting role with the Cage Fury Fighting Championships.
Though he lifted the AEW World Championship from Jon Moxley on the pay-per-view itself, CM Punk was a trending topic coming away from AEW All Out for all the wrong reasons. Involved in a backstage scuffle following comments he made during the post-show media scrum, ‘The Best in the World’ was left suspended and stripped of AEW’s top prize. He’s remained absent ever since.
Now, though, the Chicagoan has been spotted, as he provided colour commentary for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships‘ latest card. Punk had first signed on to provide announcing duties for the UFC-affiliated promotion in 2018. Owing to his obligations with AEW, however, his appearances had greatly decreased over the past year.
— John Morgan (@JohnMorgan_MMA) November 10, 2022
This isn’t CM Punk’s first foray into the world of mixed martial arts. Upon leaving WWE in January 2014, the three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion signed a multi-fight contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship. He lost via submission to Mickey Gall and subsequently went to a no contest with Mike Jackson after a positive marijuana test for Jackson saw the original decision overturned.
Punk, after seven years away from the squared circle, made his triumphant return in August 2021 as he signed for All Elite Wrestling. In his one-year run, he won all but two of his contests, losing to MJF in February 2022 and then to Jon Moxley that August.