CM Punk returns to AEW on the first episode of Collision

CM Punk has returned to AEW after nine months away from the company. Punk made his return in the first episode of the new AEW show Collisionteaming up with FTR to take on Jay White, Juice Robinson and Samoa Joe.

CollisionThe first episode of came from Chicago, Punk’s hometown, and opened with him coming to the ring to cut a promo while carrying a red bag. Punk began by telling the crowd, “I’m sick of being nice,” before saying he never lost the AEW World Championship, which is now held by MJF.

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Punk went on to tell the crowd, “You love me because I’ve never compromised. I’m me and I couldn’t have done this without all of you.

“But it seems like there are people who hate me for the same reasons you all love me. Hey listen, I understand that my magnitude makes people uncomfortable. I understand that my mere presence makes people people feel uncomfortable. It’s because I’m the truth and the truth hurts.”

He then referred to the chairman of Warner Bros. Discovery, David Zaslav, saying, “You know what David Zaslav calls me? A Phil bill. That’s because I’m the only genuine item in a world of counterfeit Bucks.”

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Prior to his return to AEW, Punk spoke to ESPN and said he had tried to contact Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks since the infamous post-All Out scrimmage, but was told, “Don’t contact that person.”

Following Punk’s promo on Collisionthe Young Bucks changed their Biography Twitter read: “If it was 2018, we would already have a ‘Counterfeit Bucks’ shirt available on PWT”.

CollisionThe first episode of also saw the return of Andrade El Idolo, who defeated Buddy Matthews and former TNT Champion Miro who defeated Tony Neese.

Catch AEW Dynamite live every Thursday at 1am in the UK, Rampage every Saturday at 3am, and CollisionSundays at 1 a.m. on FITE with an AEW Plus subscription. US customers can also watch dynamite on the TBS and Collision And Carnage on DTT. The UK, dynamite, rampagAnd Collision repeats the tune on ITV4.

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