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AFTER seven years, he's back.

CM Punk made his long awaited return to the squared circle, joining All Elite Wrestling on Saturday (Manila time) at Rampage: The First Dance at the United Center.

With "Cult of Personality" blaring in the speakers and his hometown Chicago crowd showering him with cheers, the beloved wrestler sealed the deal with Michael Jordan's iconic line, "I'm back."

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And Punk, real name Phil Brooks, isn't wasting his time getting his groove on, challenging Darby Allin to a match at All Out on September 5 at the same venue.

His arrival has long been rumored. The 42-year-old added fuel to the fire with his constant teases on his social media, as well as a number of AEW wrestlers alluding to his potential signing before this appearance.

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