Former UFC stars Brock Lesnar and CM Punk each acquired a hero’s welcome as they each returned to skilled wrestling this previous weekend.
For Lesnar, his look at WWE Summerslam was positively a shock because the ultra-private former UFC heavyweight champion not often talks to media a lot much less suggestions his hand at what precisely he has in retailer for the long run.
Following a short return to combating at UFC 200, Lesnar flirted with one other struggle in opposition to Daniel Cormier after confronting the two-time Olympian simply moments after he claimed the heavyweight title with a first-round knockout over Stipe Miocic in 2018. There have been rumors for months that the struggle between Lesnar and Cormier could be booked however finally UFC president Dana White mentioned the ex-champ was achieved along with his blended martial arts profession.
Lesnar then wrapped up his run with WWE throughout an look at WrestleMania in early 2020, which was the top of his present contract with the promotion.
A number of months later, White teased that he could be all in favour of reserving Lesnar in opposition to former 205-pound champion Jon Jones as he deliberate a transfer to heavyweight. As soon as once more, Lesnar’s title was talked about however there have been no severe talks about truly making the struggle occur.
Since that point, Lesnar has largely stayed off the radar however then on Saturday night time on the conclusion of the primary occasion at Summerslam the place Roman Reigns (actual title Leati Joseph Anoa’i) defeated John Cena within the marquee match of the night. Simply seconds after the match ended, Lesnar’s music hit the loud audio system as the gang on the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas got here unglued.
Lesnar finally made his strategy to the ring because the present closed, which clearly signified his return to WWE after inking a brand new cope with the group.
Someday earlier than Lesnar made his return to WWE, two-time UFC veteran CM Punk (actual title Phil Brooks) additionally stepped again into the skilled wrestling ring for the primary time in seven years.
Punk left WWE in 2014 and finally turned his consideration to blended martial arts as a way to reside out his dream to transition into skilled combating. Sadly, Punk fell brief in each of his bouts within the UFC after falling to Mickey Gall by submission after which dropping a choice to Mike Jackson in 2018 (that consequence was later overturned to a no contest attributable to Jackson testing constructive for marijuana).
Whereas he was not combating, Punk remained a fixture in MMA as a shade commentator for Cage Fury Preventing Championships, which airs reside on UFC Struggle Go.
On Friday night time with All Elite Wrestling in his hometown of Chicago, Punk lastly made his return to professional wrestling after inking a cope with the upstart promotion owned by Tony Khan, who’s the son of Jacksonville Jaguars proprietor Shahid Khan.
Punk was showered with adoration from the Chicago crowd as he confirmed his full-time return to professional wrestling whereas additionally reserving his first match again on Sept. 5 with the occasion held within the close by suburb of Hoffman Estates, In poor health.
Together with his final struggle within the UFC greater than three years in the past, it appeared like Punk was by no means planning to compete in MMA once more, though he was truly nonetheless being drug examined by the USA Anti-Doping Company. Actually, Punk was examined six instances in 2020, though he hasn’t been examined in any respect in 2021 and that possible means he’s been faraway from the pool for lively fighters.
It’s unclear if Punk has formally been launched from his UFC contract, though White beforehand gave his blessing if former WWE champion needed to make his return to professional wrestling.