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Reports: CM Punk Signing with AEW

The one-time WWE champ could be back in the ring soon with the company’s rival.

UFC 225: Punk v Jackson Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

CM Punk’s long-awaited return to professional wrestling may be imminent with Ringside News reporting on Friday that Punk has signed a deal with All Elite Wrestling.

This follows up their reports from earlier in the week that the upstart wrestling promotion based out of Jacksonville had been in talks with the former WWE superstar. Sean Ross Sapp of had also reported on Wednesday that Punk was in talks with AEW about a possible in-ring return.

Punk, real name Phil Brooks, has been away from the squared circle since leaving the WWE on sabbatical in January of 2014. After an extended absence, he was officially let go by the company in June and then proceeded break his silence about his exit on his then friend Colt Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast that November.

Since then, Punk had been adamant about his disinterest in returning to the WWE or wrestling in general, instead focusing his time on a career in comic books and a short run in UFC. His reported signing to AEW would be a huge boon to the upstart organization, whose weekly shown on TNT has grown in popularity and notoriety since debuting in 2019. It is speculated that Punk would potentially make his debut at AEW’s All Out pay-per-view in his hometown of Chicago on September 5.