CM Punk is set to wrestle on television for the first time since 2014 when he faces Powerhouse Hobbs on AEW Rampage Grand Slam.
Punk returned to the ring at AEW All Out, picking up a victory over Darby Allin.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Punk discussed his desire to keep working with the young talent in AEW.
“The naked eye shows these guys are oozing with potential,” Punk says. “The list of young guys like that in AEW is staggering. For so long, I saw people in an office position and go, ‘This is the guy,’ instead of saying, ‘These are the people.’ That’s the animus of wrestling Powerhouse Hobbs or Darby Allin, and I think Brian Pillman Jr. is another one of those guys. They have this raw charisma; they have ‘it.’ That’s been lacking in our industry for so long, and AEW is capitalizing on all of that star power."
Selfishly, I want to wrestle Powerhouse Hobbs. It just looks like fun. What he does can really fit with what I do. So to harness that potential and feel the crowd, and feel the youthful exuberance. This is my Lazarus Pit, this is my fountain of youth and I’m going to wrestle the young guys as long as I can.”
Punk promises that he and Hobbs are going to go out there and "kick the shit out of each other."
Fightful will have live coverage of AEW Rampage Grand Slam beginning at 10 p.m. ET.