CM Punk Makes Surprise Return to WWE at Survivor Series After 9 Years

CM Punk Makes Surprise Return to WWE at Survivor Series After 9 Years

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at November 26, 2023 at 8:35 AM
  • CM Punk has returned to WWE after a lengthy absence from the company
  • The 45-year-old had been away from the wrestling promotion for nine years
  • Punk returned after the main event of the 2023 Survivor Series: WarGames

CM Punk made a shocking return to WWE at the 2023 Survivor Series: WarGames.

The veteran wrestler has been away from the promotion for 9 years and recently performed in WW's major rival, All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

CM Punk, WWE, Triple H, AEW, Tony Khan, Vince McMahon, John Cena
CM Punk was one of the biggest wrestling stars in the early 2010s. Photos by WWE and Triple H (Instagram).
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Few thought they'd ever see CM Punk return to the WWE, and fans at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois, were in disbelief when they heard his entrance music hit.

After Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Rollins and Randy Orton defeated The Judgment Day and Drew McIntyre in the main event, it was time for the Chicago native to have his moment.

There was a raucous reaction from the fans after his music hit. Punk celebrated with the crowd, who couldn't believe the legend had returned. It is probably the most shocking WWE return in the last decade.

CM Punk's WWE career

Punk was a household name in WWE before his departure nearly a decade ago. At some [point, he was the biggest wrestling star in the world.

He joined WWE in 2005 but was drafted to Raw in 2008, where his incredible six-year run at the promotion began. He won three World Heavyweight championships, two WWE championships, and the tag team championships, per Bleacher Report.

His feud with John Cena remains one of the best in the 21st century. His famous June 27, 2011, shoot promo remains one of the most unforgettable moments in WWE history.

His association with WWE would come to an end in 2014. He briefly fought in the UFC and even made an appearance at WWE Backstage years later.

He joined AEW in 2021 and won the World Championship twice before he left the promotion in 2023.

CM Punk's AEW brawl

Sports Brief earlier reported on CM Punk's brawl at All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) pay-per-view, All Out in 2022.

The Chicago native took on Jon Moxley for the AEW Heavyweight Championship in the main event. After an all-out war, Punk won the title in front of his home crowd.

After his verbal tirade against Adam Page, Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks, Punk was involved in a backstage brawl against other wrestlers and producers.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.