CM Punk appeared on WWE’s Preview Special 2024, where he spoke more in-depth about his return to the company after almost a decade. Speaking to hosts Megan Morant and Matt Camp, Punk said he kept his return at Survivor Series a secret until the night of the event. Only then did Punk let people in his close circle know what was happening, as opposed to leaking information to the press, which is a no-no, according to Punk.
“So, I was trying to drive to the Allstate Arena and let everybody that deserved to know, that was in my orbit know, what was about to happen,” said Punk. “So, I’m texting my sisters because nobody knew. That’s how you get things done in this business. You keep things close to the vest, you don’t leak stuff, and that’s where the magic happens.”
Punk continued, saying that his comeback to WWE in his hometown of Chicago was a magical moment. He added that any questions, concerns, or worries he may have had disappeared once his entrance theme, Cult of Personality, hit. However, the moment was also a deafening experience as Punk could barely hear his music, thanks to the roar of the crowd.
“I walked out in front of my hometown, I couldn’t hear the song anymore. I didn’t know my cues,” Punk said.
Punk also talked about his recent in-ring returns in New York and Los Angeles, where he defeated Dominik Mysterio on both occasions. At each show, Punk addressed the fans, vowing to win the Royal Rumble later this month on Jan. 27.
Punk’s last signature event in WWE was the 2014 Royal Rumble. The next night, before Raw, a disgruntled Punk left the company, seemingly for good.
But now that he has returned, his global comeback to the ring aligns perfectly with the upcoming Rumble event. Punk referred to this synchronicity as fate (or “kismet”) and reiterated his commitment to achieving his lifelong dream of headlining WWE’s equivalent of the Super Bowl.
“To me, this is finishing what I started, this is picking back up where I left off,” said Punk. “Ten years wiser and still all that experience that I have inside the Royal Rumble and inside the wrestling ring is gonna come in handy. And I’m gonna get to win the Royal Rumble and main event WrestleMania.”