In exciting developments for WWE fans, CM Punk, the highly-anticipated wrestling sensation, is slated to make a significant comeback to the squared circle during the WWE’s 2023 Holiday Tour. The first bout marking his much-awaited return to WWE, after an absence of over nine years, is scheduled for December 26th at Madison Square Garden, New York City, where he will go head-to-head with Dominik Mysterio. As the excitement builds, limited tickets are swiftly being claimed by eager fans keen to witness the return of the wrestling icon.
Further stirring the wrestling community, WWE has confirmed Punk will face Mysterio once again on December 30th at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, California. This rematch solidifies Punk’s return to active competition, potentially drawing large crowds to the year-end holiday events.
In related news, the business impact of Punk’s return extends beyond ring action. WWE’s ongoing negotiations for a new television deal for their flagship show, RAW, have reportedly been influenced heavily by Punk’s resurgence in the company. Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer notes that Punk’s signing has revitalized talks, making him a cornerstone of WWE’s pitch to potential broadcasters.
Outside the ring, WWE News & Notes highlight various behind-the-scenes developments. Jade Cargill shared a heartfelt message on social media about the loss of her mother to cancer. Meanwhile, Punk is contributing more than just in-ring performances; he was spotted at the WWE Performance Center offering match feedback to NXT talent, underscoring his multifaceted role in the company. Wrestling legends, including Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr., are also making their presence felt backstage, fostering a rich learning environment for emerging talents.
Television ratings evidence Punk’s impact, with the Wrestlenomics reporting the Punk and Seth Rollins promo segment as the most viewed quarter hour of a recent WWE RAW episode. This surge in viewership underscores his draw as a key player on the roster.
On the recovery front, Braun Strowman, currently sidelined due to a neck injury, looks to honor the late Bray Wyatt upon his return, emphasizing the weight of his wrestling legacy. Strowman’s mindset reflects a tribute to their shared history in the Wyatt Family.
Twitch streamer Lexis King has addressed his fan nickname, expressing his view on why a change is necessary for broadcasting appropriateness. Moreover, Dixie Carter, former owner of Impact/TNA Wrestling, made waves with her appearance at a WWE RAW event, indicative of ongoing positive relations with the organization.
Turning to in-ring talent prospects, Oba Femi emerged victorious in the NXT Men’s Breakout Tournament, ushering in a fresh wave of ‘brute force’ in NXT, as the aspiring stars aim to leave their mark within the WWE universe.
Keep an eye on these ongoing stories and much more as WWE continues to entertain and evolve in the dynamic and ever-compelling world of professional wrestling.