CM Punk wins first pro wrestling match in more than seven years against Darby Allin at All Out and comments on Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole joining AEW

CM Punk had his first professional wrestling match in seven-and-a-half years on Sunday at AEW All out – and won it superbly.

The 42-year-old faced off against Darby Allin in his hometown of Chicago and came out the victor after going 16 minutes and 40 seconds.

CM Punk made a winning return to professional wrestling

The two opened up with a relatively slow pace as they tried to grind each other down, but as the match opened up, Punk’s trademarks came into play which included his running knee strike into the corner.

Punk signalled for the Go To Sleep, but Allin was able to thwart him on several occasions until Punk finally got the better of the exchange. Once the GTS landed, it was 1-2-3.

AEW managed to tempt Punk out of his wrestling exile due to their exciting roster and, mostly, Tony Khan’s vision and, thus far, execution.

At All Out, Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole made their AEW debuts and considering Punk only debuted inside the past month, it’s been a crazy few weeks for the second biggest wrestling promotion in the world.

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

With every move, they seem to be getting closer and closer to WWE.

WCW were the last company to do that in the mid-1990s and they did so by signing names like Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

Punk sees the parallels, but he believes what AEW is creating is even bigger.

“I’m not Hogan, I’m not Savage. Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole, they’re not The Outsiders. I see the parallels. This is totally different. And I’ll go ahead and say it, people can quote me, they’ll be pissed off about it, to me, this is bigger,” said Punk.

Daniel Bryan and Adam Cole are huge signings for AEW

Although AEW are WWE’s closest competitors, Punk says AEW focusing on themselves will yield rewards.

“I’m not personally in the business of a war or competing. I know who competition is and competition isn’t,” said Punk.

“To me, we focus on ourselves, focus on the talent we have, and we focus on the people in the building. And I think that’s how we grow,” Punk said. “It’s not about throwing stones.

CM Punk will usher in a new era with AEW

“I know TNT loves ratings, I know that everybody’s going to look at stuff and compare the two. For a company that’s only been around for two years, I think they’re doing great. And if you’re competing with somebody on another night that’s got a 30-year head start, well that’s fine,” said Punk.

“To me, our competition is our audience. And as long as we keep them engaged and keep them happy, then that’s what we’re doing.”

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