AEW star CM Punk says he feels ‘trash’ since returning to professional wrestling

CM Punk has seamlessly settled back into life as a professional wrestler – at least from the outside looking in.

The 42-year-old returned to the industry that made him famous after seven long years away when he turned up in AEW in August.

Darby Allin and CM Punk had a show of respect after the match

Wrestling fans have adored having him back but Punk has admitted the actual wrestling part of the gig has been a big adjustment for him.

“Oh, I feel like trash, I’ll be honest,” Punk admitted. “I’m 42-years old and I haven’t taken bumps in seven-plus years. I think there’s something to building up a callus, to something you do on a regular basis becoming easier because you do it on a regular basis.

“I think a lot of wrestlers are feeling this right now. The pandemic, when it shut everything down and it essentially killed house-show business — they’re not on the road, they’re not taking bumps Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday — I think everybody kind of felt this awfulness of ‘Oh man, I’m wrestling less-frequently than I used to,’ (but) it feels worse somehow.”

CM Punk poured his heart out in his return promo

A lot has changed for Punk in pro wrestling. When he left WWE in 2014, he was very much still working hurt and on a brutal schedule that has most guys working nearly 250 days a year all over America and the world.

In AEW, they have two taping days a week and, for the most part, that’s it. It’s a lighter schedule where Punk has a lot more say and he thinks that’s generally a healthier business.

“It’s 100 per cent better (now),” Punk said of the business. “I don’t gotta drive into a town and try to check into a hotel at 4:30 in the morning and find out there’s a clown convention in town and all the hotels are booked up.

CM Punk has found his love for pro wrestling again

“(The) appealing schedule (is) one of the reasons I came back. The pandemic and the reset kind of made it to where the wrestlers have that better schedule and they have more say over– this is easier and this is the way it should be. You can’t treat us like cattle, and that’s definitely an appeal.”

AEW are yet to jettison Punk into any major matchups. He has worked with Darby Allin, Powerhouse Hobbs and Daniel Garcia thus far but he will undoubtedly get the big time matchups with Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley as time passes.

For now, the former WWE and UFC star is just enjoying working in professional wrestling again – minus the bumps maybe!