This past Saturday was a night of shocks and surprises at WWE Survivor Series: Wargames. The in-ring action alone was a spectacle of destruction and mayhem, with both the men’s and women’s Wargames matches delivering in spades. But the moment that had everyone’s jaws on the floor came at the very end of the night, when CM Punk made his shocking return to WWE! With the Straight Edge Superstar back in the big leagues, let’s take a look at CM Punk’s biggest moments in WWE.
To wrestling fans around the world, the idea of CM Punk returning to the premier wrestling company after his abrupt departure nearly 10 years ago seemed impossible. Punk’s relationship with WWE over the past decade has been tumultuous to say the least, with many speculating that we would never see the controversial performer inside a WWE ring ever again.
But in the post-show press conference, WWE’s Chief Content Officer Triple H expressed excitement for Punk’s return, assuaging critics’ concerns that there was still bad blood between the two parties. “Everybody grows. Everybody changes,” Triple H said. “I’m a different person, he’s a different person, this is a different company. We’re all on the same even starting ground.”
Coming from Triple H, a longtime rival of CM Punk both in the ring and behind the scenes, that’s a major vote of confidence for the returning superstar. However, some still remain skeptical of this new signing. Punk is reported to be notoriously hard to work with – a reputation that has followed him from his first WWE run and, more recently, his two year stint in All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
Love CM Punk or hate him (and there’s plenty of reason for either extremes), nobody can deny CM Punk’s historic impact on WWE and the wrestling landscape as a whole. As outspoken and opinionated as he is talented, Punk has never been one to shy away from expressing himself, for better or worse.
I started watching wrestling when Punk was just starting his WWE tenure, and I was instantly a fan of his. In my opinion he had the most unique look of any performer at the time. He wasn’t the biggest or buffest guy in the company, but he carried himself with confidence and spoke with unmatched conviction, which resonated greatly with 12 year old KC.
While some wrestling fans may have soured on him over the years, I still leapt out of my seat when Cult Of Personality rang through the Allstate Arena on Saturday. So to celebrate his polarizing WWE return, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at all of CM Punk’s biggest, most controversial matches, promos and moments in WWE.