Report: CM Punk Resolves Issues With AEW, Set To Return On Debut Episode Of Collision
CM Punk is on his way back to AEW
CM Punk is scheduled to make his return to All Elite Wrestling during the debut episode of Collision on Saturday, June 17 as both sides have resolved their recent issues, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. PWInsider Elite also confirmed that Punk will return on June 17.
"The belief is that CM Punk will debut on 6/17 at the first Collision show in Chicago and that the issues have been settled. Unless things change, Chicago will be announced tonight. How the announcement of Punk's return will be handled is unknown," Meltzer tweeted.
Punk's return likely won't be announced on tonight's episode of Dynamite, according to PWInsider Elite, but AEW will reveal during the show that the premiere episode of Collision will air from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. This will likely lead to a similar situation as Punk's AEW debut where it is built up as the worst-kept secret in pro wrestling.
Reports over the past several weeks noted that Punk was scheduled to come back to AEW on the inaugural episode of Collision at the United Center. Punk's return was set to be announced last week as part of the official launch of Collision but issues between Punk and AEW arose over the return of Ace Steel. The former AEW producer was reportedly re-signed at some point over the past several months and the working plan was for Steel to go back on the road with AEW following the launch of Collision. That plan was changed last week, however, and CM Punk was informed that Ace Steel would not be returning to the road.
This left CM Punk at odds with AEW and he was pulled from promotional materials for the launch of Collision. Punk and AEW are said to have remained in regular contact over the past seven days and following the signing of some legal documents, Punk is once again on his way back to AEW, at least for now.