CM Punk lit the pro wrestling world on fire when he returned to the ring for AEW on Aug. 20, but now he is getting ready to debut as a completely different character on the Starz drama series “Heels.” The series is built around a small-town wrestling promotion in Georgia and follows the rivalry between the Spade brothers, who are also the promotion’s top stars. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, will appear in the episode airing Aug. 29 as Ricky Rabies, a well-known independent wrestler. In an interview with Variety, Punk says he first met series creator Michael Waldron a few...
CM Punk made his return to wrestling last Friday (August 20), signing with AEW, seven years after he walked away from WWE. But Punk isn't the only big name former WWE star wrestling fans are excited to see in AEW. Ever since his WWE contract reportedly expired in April, Daniel Bryan has been heavily rumoured to be making the leap.
In a recent interview, Drew McIntyre gave his honest thoughts on the AEW debut of fellow former WWE Champion CM Punk, which took place on Rampage last week. When asked for his thoughts on CM Punk's return to wrestling, McIntyre noted that while it may have been for another company, having the former Champion back is a good thing for wrestling as a whole:
CM Punk's debut with All Elite Wrestling on Friday's episode of Rampage shook the wrestling world to its core, leaving The Straight Edge Superstar trending for five days straight and garnering over one million viewers for the show. Throw in over 10 million YouTube views for his official AEW content,...
As soon as CM Punk arrived in All Elite Wrestling fans started asking if Punk's wife and former WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee would join him in the young promotion. Lee, real name April Mendez, departed from the WWE back in 2015 citing severe back issues while also being "caught in the middle" of the issues between Punk and WWE officials. Since then she's published her own memoir, written several comic books and launched her own production company with Aimee Garcia. The two were chosen earlier this year to write the script for the upcoming sequel to 47 Ronin.
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AEW Dynamite rating for C.M. Punk’s debut draws one of top viewership numbers ever for Dynamite, modest growth for key demo ratings
SPOTLIGHTED PODCAST ALERT (YOUR ARTICLE BEGINS A FEW INCHES DOWN)... AEW Dynamite drew 1.172 million viewers, up from last week’s 975,000 viewers. Dynamite had drawn more than 1 million viewers in four of the prior six weeks, including three occasions above 1.1 million. This was the first episode of Dynamite featuring C.M. Punk. It drew a cable rating of 0.80, up from last week’s 0.71. It’s the highest cable rating since Dynamite’s first episode drew a 0.84. The prior high otherwise was 0.76.
On the most recent What Happened When podcast with Conrad Thompson, AEW announcer Tony Schiavone gave some behind-the-scenes details on CM Punk's arrival last Friday on Rampage including a scrapped plan that would have seen him be the first person to introduce him. Schiavone said Tony Khan texted him after...
Chicago wrestling icon CM Punk ended his seven-year retirement with a surprise appearance last week at United Center. It was a big moment for his fans who saw their hero make his comeback in his hometown arena. Dana Salls Cree isn’t even a wrestling fan, but the owner of Logan Square’s Pretty Cool Ice Cream grew emotional at the end when Punk spoke to the crowd.
CM Punk will make his debut on the Starz series Heels this Sunday night as the drama's third episode will see the introduction of Ricky Rabies. The trailer for the episode, which you can see below, reveals Rabies as a veteran journeyman brought into the Duffy Wrestling League for a match with Jack Spade (Stephen Amell) to try and recover from the backlash of Jack vs. Ace from the pilot. The episode preview reads, "In an attempt to drum up more heat, Jack enlists the help of wrestling veteran, Ricky Rabies, setting Ace up with a full house for his comeback match against Bobby Pin. While Jack tries to make amends with his brother, Ace struggles with the fact that his career as a Face might truly be over."
CM Punk made his long-awaited return to professional wrestling recently, and he seems ready to do all he can to put AEW on the path to being a noteworthy competitor for the WWE. Punk's first appearance on AEW Dynamite certainly hyped up the crowd and, to the surprise of perhaps no one, did so in part by teasing arguably the clearest sign yet that former WWE star Daniel Bryan is headed to the rival organization.
All Out 2021 is shaping up to be All Elite Wrestling's biggest show ever. Kenny Omega will defend his AEW Championship against Christian Cage, and Chris Jericho will retire if he loses his match against MJF. The star of the show, however, is CM Punk. After seven years as the...
As baseball Hall-of-Famer Satchel Paige once said, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”. Roman Reigns, WWE’s top dog, said something that suggests he’s looking back: “CM Punk was not as good or as (popular) as John Cena…(he) didn’t move the needle like The Rock.”. Punk, 42, left...
CM Punk recently spoke with Joe Otterson of Variety to promote Sunday’s “Heels” episode on Starz. This episode will feature the debut of Punk’s Ricky Rabies character. Punk revealed that he filmed his “Heels” episode in late 2020 and early 2021, and during filming he had at least some idea he would be working with AEW in the future.
Powell’s AEW Dynamite Hit List: CM Punk’s first Dynamite appearance, Malakai Black vs. Brock Anderson, Varsity Blonds vs. Lucha Brothers in an AEW Tag Title Eliminator tournament match, Chris Jericho addresses his future, Jamie Hayter vs. Red Velvet, Orange Cassidy vs. Matt Hardy
CM Punk: Another strong segment with another hot crowd. Punk did a great job of putting over Darby Allin’s reckless abandon, heart, and unique charisma while taking the fair jab at his former employer by remarking that Allin might not be someone else’s idea of what a pro wrestler should be. I loved the way that Punk retired the voice of the voiceless name by putting over AEW while telling the fans that there are people backstage who are listening to them. The impromptu tease for Bryan Danielson following the “yes” chants was great.
Ever since CM Punk put pro wrestling in the rear-view in 2014, fans wondered if he would ever return to the ring. Now the “Best in the World” has put those questions to rest, lacing up the boots again for the new Starz drama Heels, which premieres on Sunday, August 15.
CM Punk remains in the headlines ahead of a potential return to the ring with All Elite Wrestling, and this week's collection of rumors has an update about the training he has been undergoing ahead of his comeback. The Straight Edge Superstar isn't the only performer whose name is on...
WWE responded to former superstar CM Punk’s debut on AEW by making a special announcement of their own — Logan Paul will return to Monday Night Raw for the third time in 2021. Logan Paul burst onto the fighting scene in 2019 after taking on Olajide Olayinka Williams ‘KSI’ Olatunji...
When professional wrestling star CM Punk made his highly anticipated return to the ring on Friday night after seven years away, he was inspired in part by another Chicago athletic hero: former Cubs hurler Jon Lester. After receiving a hero's welcome during AEW's First Dance event in Chicago, Punk announced...