Ah, Punk’s Going for Another Round, Is He?
Well, well, well. Look who’s decided to grace us with his presence again. It’s none other than CM Punk, back from the dead, or, at least, back from the physio’s table. How marvellous! You’d almost think it was his favourite pastime, recovering from injuries.
You see, our dear Punk has been quite the ghost on AEW programming since his clash with Jon Moxley at the unassuming ‘All Out’ back in September 2022. I say unassuming because who knew it would end with our champion benched once again with a triceps that’s decided to give up on him. That’s right, you heard it here second, CM Punk managed to snag himself a rather painful souvenir during the match, the infamous torn left triceps. The CM Punk Injury took him out of action for a bit.
The Champ’s Been Dethroned…Again
Now, you might think this sounds a bit like a soap opera, but it’s not, it’s a bloody wrestling show. However, the dramatics do run high, even off the stage, as the aftermath of Punk’s injury meant he had to take a break from the limelight and give up his shiny AEW world title. Ouch. That’s got to hurt more than the triceps, eh?
And before you ask, yes, this does mark the second time Punk found himself hobbled just after claiming the AEW world championship. If you’ve been following the narrative, and I suggest you do because it’s the best telly drama we have these days, he had a little dance-off with “Hangman” Adam Page for the title at Double or Nothing in May 2022. CM Punk Injury was the consolation prize for that victory.
Punk’s Vanishing Act
But it’s not all gloom and doom. Our friend Punk didn’t let a mere foot injury stop him from waving around his champion belt. He decided to keep the crown while healing, leaving us with a cliffhanger of epic proportions – an interim world champion. And who filled those mighty big shoes? You guessed it, Moxley.
Now, the plot gets even thicker when we get to the August 24, 2022, episode of Dynamite. Punk, in his ever-surprising spirit, managed to lose a unification bout to Moxley. I mean, really, who didn’t see that coming? And, as if to rub salt into his wounds, Punk defeated Moxley in a rematch at All Out, only to get injured. Again. Mate, you just can’t make this stuff up!
The Prodigal Son Returns
After playing peek-a-boo with WWE post the 2014 Royal Rumble match, Punk decided to take a sabbatical from pro wrestling for, oh, just over seven years. Just a little break, you see. But he eventually decided to grace us with his return in AEW, August 2021.
The Injured Phoenix and AEW’s Hope
And what a return it was. Punk became the life of the party, or rather the wrestling match. His absence due to injuries, not once, but twice, was a bit like having a party without a DJ. Just not the same. The whispers started to get louder as his return grew imminent. The rumour mill churned out tales of AEW building an entire show around Punk, the wounded warrior.
To add fuel to the fire, Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast (who? nevermind) reported that AEW planned to create a two-hour weekly Saturday show named Collision. The headliner? Our very own, CM Punk.
So, there you have it, AEW confirmed the creation of Collision, conveniently deciding to host the first episode in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. Because, of course, who else would they choose but our dearly injured, ever-resilient, can’t-stay-away-from-the-ring, CM Punk? Can’t wait to see what injury he’ll come back with next!
A ‘Collision’ Course with Destiny, or Just Another Stunt?
Now, you must wonder, is this whole ordeal a crafty ruse, a cunning plan designed by the AEW, or is our beloved CM Punk genuinely eager to reclaim his spot at the top? While we’re on the subject, who wouldn’t want to watch a show called ‘Collision’ with Punk at the helm? It’s almost poetic, considering his uncanny talent for colliding with unfortunate circumstances just as he’s crowned champion.
Punk: The Poster Boy of AEW?
So, what’s the scoop? Is our bruised hero destined to become the face of ‘Collision’? According to Andrew Zarian, who apparently doubles as a seer alongside his gig at the Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast, Punk is indeed set to be the ‘face of the brand’. A bold claim, you’d agree. But then again, what’s a little audacity among wrestling fans?
CM Punk: The Hometown Hero Returns
To ice the cake, or perhaps the wrestler in this case, the first episode of ‘Collision’ is set to take place in Punk’s hometown of Chicago. Oh, how heartwarming! A hero returning to his roots, limping on one good leg, with the love of the crowd to buoy him. It’s like a Christmas special, only it’s wrestling, and instead of a jolly Santa, we have CM Punk, bearing gifts of dramatic comebacks and potentially another injury, fingers crossed.
The Prodigal Punk’s Comeback
Sure, Punk has been away from the AEW screen for a while, nursing his wounds and perhaps his ego. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes (or an injured wrestler from a physio table), he’s all set to make a triumphant return. This time, hopefully, without an unfortunate mishap following his victory.
The Risks and Rewards of Being CM Punk
Returning to the ring after a serious injury can be risky, but then again, what’s life without a little thrill? And besides, it wouldn’t really be a proper Punk comeback if there wasn’t a substantial amount of risk involved, right?
Collision – A Platform for Punk’s Redemption?
The show ‘Collision’ might just be the platform Punk needs to rewrite his story. A new title, a new show, and the same old Punk, ready to stir the pot. After all, everyone loves a good redemption arc, and we are all set for another season of the CM Punk show, this time hopefully featuring less injury and more wrestling.
So there you have it. The stage is set, the stakes are high, and our battered hero is ready for another round in the ring. Will Punk’s return to AEW Collision mark a triumphant comeback or yet another unfortunate addition to his growing list of injuries? Only time will tell. So, grab your popcorn and tune in to the latest chapter of the CM Punk saga. After all, who doesn’t love a good wrestling drama, eh?
Oh, absolutely! Why wouldn’t AEW script an injury for their star performer, right? Nothing screams entertainment like a few months off the screen nursing a real-life, painful torn tricep.
Spot on! It seems Punk has a knack for pairing injuries with his victories. Let’s just say his success comes with a few bumps and bruises.
Well, it’s not confirmed, but considering the first episode is in his hometown, I’d say it’s more than just a hunch, wouldn’t you?
Ah, the million-dollar question! Perhaps he wanted to see how long the wrestling world could survive without his charm, or he just fancied a bit of a holiday.
Well, the man’s made of sterner stuff, it seems. Injuries may come and go, but CM Punk’s love for the ring? That’s forever, mate.
He might just be the world’s unluckiest lucky man. He wins a title, he gets an injury. Call it fate, call it karma, but Punk sure knows how to leave a mark.