Tony Khan: CM Punk is ‘very important’ to AEW

AEW’s president Tony Khan says he is thrilled that CM Punk is returning to headline AEW Collision and that the former WWE star is a “very important” part of the puzzle in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

“We haven’t seen CM Punk in a long time, since All Out last September,” says Khan. “He looked great in his last match. To the fans, he’s very important. He’s very important to the company, too. He’s been a big draw for us and historically throughout his career, and the launch of the new show happens to line up with the schedule on his rehab of his triceps injury.

“We have an amazing opportunity with AEW on Saturday nights on TNT, starting June 17, and it was truly the brainchild of [Warner Bros. Discovery CEO and president] David Zaslav. He asked about more AEW, specifically Saturday nights, on TNT. When it was pitched to us by TNT, I was so excited. It’s so exciting the timing [of Punk’s return from injury] coincides with the launch of Collision.”

CM Punk hasn’t appeared on AEW TV since the backstage fight with The Elite after the All Out PPV in September. Following those events, Punk was stripped of the AEW World Championship and seemingly suspended from the promotion.

AEW: Collision, will air Saturday nights on TNT from 8-10 p.m. ET, beginning on June 17. The show’s premiere will be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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