Call them perks. On Friday night, CM Punk made his AEW debut, marking his first major wrestling appearance in seven and a half years. That is going to get people talking, just like Punk having his first match set for All Out against Darby Allin. Fans have been waiting for Punk to come back to wrestling for a long time and now we know a lot more about how we got here.

According to, Punk spoke at a media scrum after this week’s edition of Rampage where he revealed some new details on his contract. Punk would not go into the full details of his deal, but said that he was there for the long term, with AEW President Tony Khan confirming that Punk was with the company full time and long term. There is no word on how many matches Punk is expected to wrestle a year.

In addition, Punk spoke about how he and Khan had gotten to know each other over the last year and a half or so. Punk wanted to know Khan himself and was not looking for specific money or amount of matches. He also wanted to wait to debut until there were live fans back in the building. There is no word on when Punk and AEW officially came to terms on a deal. Finally, according to, Punk also said that AEW keeping quiet about Brodie Lee’s illness impressed him and influenced his decision.

This was a big one. Check out Punk’s debut, return promo and the media scrum:

CM Punk Has Arrived in AEW! | AEW Rampage: The First Dance, 8/20/21

CM Punk Speaks for the First Time Ever in AEW | AEW Rampage: The First Dance, 8/20/21

AEW Media Scrum with CM PUNK and TONY KHAN | AEW Rampage: The First Dance | 8/20/21

Opinion: The more I hear about this, the more impressive it is. Punk being back in the wrestling world did not seem possible but here he is, back on the big stage and doing things that you probably did not thing were possible. It is cool to have him back, but more importantly it makes me wonder what he is going to do next. Punk is the big deal in wrestling right now and it should be fascinating to see where it goes.

What did you think of Punk’s debut? What should he do next in AEW? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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