Former 2-time AEW World Champion CM Punk will return to All Elite Wrestling on June 17th for the debut episode of AEW Collision, which is their new Saturday night TV show.
This was basically confirmed when AEW President Tony Khan announced on tonight’s Dynamite that the premiere episode will take place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Had Punk not agreed to return, AEW would’ve canceled the United Center and gone with Daily’s Place instead, which was their backup plan.
According to the Wrestling Observer, Punk won’t be talking about the backstage fight at the All Out 2022 pay-per-view because he has signed a non-disclosure agreement, and also some other documents that protect the company in case of another controversy:
“Punk is good to go for Collision. He signed an NDA pertaining to Brawl Out (which was described as necessary for him to return but also a difficult negotiation, but he knew he had to do it and there’s a lot of people he doesn’t want to let down), and a couple of other legal documents that were also necessary for him to return that protects AEW in case of another bad situation.
There’s one thing I’ll keep quiet on because it’s nothing major, but this whole thing is basically now him playing ball because he says he loves AEW and wants to help the company grow and he knows what will happen if there’s another big issue.”
There were some reports a few weeks back which stated that Punk will feud with Chris Jericho (his WrestleMania 28 opponent) when he returns.
Speaking of Jericho, he will face Adam Cole in an Unsanctioned Match this Sunday at the AEW Double Or Nothing 2023 pay-per-view.