Former WWE superstar CM Punk made an unexpected appearance backstage at WWE's Monday Night Raw, held at the Allstate Center, as PWInsider's Mike Johnson reported. Punk's visit sparked surprise and confusion, as he is currently under contract with the rival promotion, All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
During his visit, punk met with several WWE stars and crossed paths with Paul Levesque (Triple H). However, WWE chairman Vince McMahon soon asked Punk to leave the premises due to his contractual obligations with AEW.
Punk's Turbulent WWE Exit
CM Punk's contentious departure from WWE in early 2014 was marked by allegations of unaddressed health issues, which he claimed WWE officials and medical staff ignored.
This led to his suspension and eventual termination from the company, infamously coinciding with his wedding day later that year. Punk briefly worked as a panelist on WWE Backstage, an FS1 show, but returned to professional wrestling in August 2021, when he signed a multi-year deal with AEW.
The two-time AEW Champion has faced his share of backstage turmoil since joining the young promotion. Punk has been absent from AEW programming since the "Brawl Out" incident in September 2021. However, AEW is reportedly preparing for Punk's return, with plans to feature him as the focal point of their new show, AEW Collision, set to debut this summer.
Some have seen Punk's appearance at WWE Raw as a publicity stunt to generate excitement for his AEW return. AEW sources expressed disbelief at the news, while WWE wrestlers were astonished that Punk managed to gain backstage access.
The wrestling world is buzzing with speculation and intrigue following CM Punk's unexpected visit to WWE Raw. As both WWE and AEW fans await his next move, this incident further fuels the rivalry between the two promotions, adding another layer of complexity to the wrestling landscape. It remains to be seen how this surprise encounter will impact Punk's career and the future of both wrestling giants.