- CM Punk announces his entry into the Men’s Royal Rumble match, but his first match back will be at an untelevised live event.
- The matchup pits Punk against Dominik Mysterio, aiming to position Punk as a top babyface and connect with the crowd.
- Despite the lack of TV broadcast, the live audience is expected to create an electric atmosphere for Punk’s return.
CM Punk’s highly anticipated return to WWE has quickly resulted in his first match announcement, although it won’t be broadcasted on television. The wrestling icon joined the Monday Night Raw roster following his surprise return appearance at Survivor Series. On Monday night, he engaged in a heated segment with World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, but backstage, he bumped into Judgment Day, teasing something down the line with Damian Priest.
During Monday night’s Raw, Punk declared his entry into the Men’s Royal Rumble match. However, fans eager to witness Punk back in action will have to attend a WWE live event on Saturday, December 30th, at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA. The announced matchup features Punk facing off against Dominik Mysterio.
The decision to pit Punk against Dominik aims to ensure a positive reaction from the audience, positioning Punk as a top babyface on the roster. With Dominik being a polarizing figure among fans (they love to hate on him), the match provides an opportunity for Punk to connect with the crowd. Dominik Mysterio, known for being booed endlessly by fans, also brings considerable in-ring talent to the matchup. Having wrestled over 100 matches this year alone, he’s an ideal in-ring opponent for Punk, who might be a bit rusty.
The event also includes other exciting matchups, such as Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair vs. WWE Women’s Champion IYO SKY. It remains to be seen if the Flair component of that match will change due to her recent injury.
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Punk’s return, shrouded in secrecy prior to Survivor Series, is part of a multi-year deal that could see him make a run all the way to the main event at WrestleMania. WWE clearly sees the value in bringning him and putting him on television. Having him wrestle on untelevised live events is sure to sell tickets too.
Despite the lack of television broadcast, it’s expected that the live audience will create an electric atmosphere for Punk’s in-ring return.