Tuesday, April 23

Everything We Know About CM Punk’s Triceps Injury & His WWE Return


  • Punk suffered a torn triceps injury at Royal Rumble 2024, leading to time off from the ring to recover and heal.
  • This is not the first time Punk has faced this injury, with a previous incident occurring at AEW All Out back in 2022.
  • A positive update on his injury status suggests a potential return to WWE for Punk, with a projected timeline of six to eight months.

CM Punk suffered another major setback during his first WWE televised match in over ten years. Punk was a participant in the 2024 Men’s Royal Rumble match, where he was considered by many within the WWE Universe as one of the odds on favorite to win the match. At the end, we saw Cody Rhodes come out victorious as CM Punk was eliminated by “The American Nightmare”. Little did we know, however, that Punk suffered a major injury that has resulted in Punk being sidelined from the ring for the majority of 2024. Punk recently provided an update on when we can expect him to return to action.

CM Punk

Facts & Stats





Billed From:

Chicago, Illinois


October 25, 1997


GTS, Anaconda Vise


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This Isn’t The First Time CM Punk Suffered A Torn Triceps Injury

CM Punk Tore His Triceps At AEW All Out 2022

Let’s rewind it back to August 2022 at AEW All Out, which was infamously known for the Media Scrum in which CM Punk went all out (no pun intended) on Colt Cabana, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, and others that he was unhappy with at the time. This led to a backstage altercation, causing the suspensions of CM Punk, The Young Bucks, and Kenny Omega. Punk was lso sidelined from suffering a torn triceps tear during the course of his match after successfully defending the AEW World Championship against Jon Moxley.

Due to a combination of his injury (which required surgery), and the altercatio that occurred, Punk was sidelined from AEW for the next nine months. He returned on the debut edition of AEW Collision in June 2023, teaming with FTR as they defeated Samoa Joe, Jay White, and Juice Robinson in a Trios Match. Two months later, at AEW All In, Punk would wrestle his last AEW match, defeating Samoa Joe. Following another backstage altercation, this time involving Jack Perry, Punk was suspended then fired weeks later by AEW President Tony Khan.


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CM Punk Made His Triumphant Return To WWE After A Ten-Year Absence

CM Punk Tore His Triceps Again At Royal Rumble 2024

At the conclusion of Survivor Series 2023, CM Punk made his earth-shattering return to WWE following a ten-year absence from the company after a huge falling out between him, Triple H, Vince McMahon, and WWE Creative. Punk was welcomed back with open arms, seemingly happy, healthy, and excited to be back with WWE. Punk immediately made it known that he was a changed man from who he was ten years ago, but was crystal clear that he had one goal in mind: to main event WrestleMania and become the next WWE Champion.

In the weeks leading into the Royal Rumble, it came down to CM Punk and Cody Rhodes as the two leading candidates to walk out of the event to headline WrestleMania 40. At the Royal Rumble event, Punk suffered an unexpected major setback that went unnoticed at first. Punk suffered yet another torn triceps after taking a Future Shock DDT from Drew McIntyre, as he landed awkwardly on his triceps. Punk continued with the match and was the last man to be eliminated by the winner of the Royal Rumble, Cody Rhodes.


CM Punk Confirms He Was Set To Headline WrestleMania 40

CM Punk said during a recent interview that WWE’s initial plan was to have him headline one of the night’s at WrestleMania 40.

The next night on RAW, CM Punk gave an emotional message to the WWE Universe, saying he was indeed injured with a torn triceps, stating that main eventing WrestleMania “may never happen”, along with a confrontation with Drew McIntyre that will likely lead to a future feud/rivalry at some point in 2024.

CM Punk Gives A Positive Update On His Injury Status

CM Punk’s WWE Return Likely To Happen This Year

On Saturday Night, CM Punk attended the UFC 298 event where he was interviewed by UFC on TNT Sports. He was asked by the media outlet about his injury and if he could give a timetable for his in-ring return. He said:

“We’re thinking maybe six to eight months, but I’m not really in a rush to get back to compete. I’m in a rush to get healthy. I’m in a rush to get better. The sooner I do that, the better I’ll be when I come back. It’s what happens to athletes. Mentally, I think it’s harder because the physical pain is whatever. But I look at it just like a bump in the road. This is an occupational hazard. It happens, and I’ll be back bigger and better. I’m a clumsy idiot. I tore my left triceps about two years ago, so the right one was jealous.”

The full interview can be viewed below:

This injury setback is truly heartbreaking for CM Punk, but he seems to be in a happier place from an emotional and mental standpoint in comparison to how he felt with AEW. Given the supposed time frame, we can likely expect Punk to return just in time for SummerSlam in August. Will he target Drew McIntyre or take aim at whomever is the Undisputed WWE Champion and/or WWE World Heavyweight Champion instead? Until then, we will have to sit back, relax, and await the return of the self-proclaimed “Best in the World”.

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