CM Punk is again the talk of the wrestling town.
Punk appeared at a Freelance Wrestling show on December 4, 2015, titled "Raw Power." He would manage Kikutaro in a match against Darin Corbin and Dick Justice. Punk was clad in a cloak and tossed out salt ahead of the match. The commentators referred to him as Kikutaro's "nameless mentor," and didn't get involved in the match.
You can see photos of the appearance below.
The plan for the appearance was to do a reveal on Wrestling Road Diaries 3, which also featured Punk's then-friend Colt Cabana. However, Punk and Cabana's falling out prevented that, we're told. We reached out to people involved in the production of the documentary, who opted not to comment on the matter.
Barstool Sports' Robbie Fox tweeted on the situation
This isn't the first time Punk has done this, for what it's worth. He's appeared at indie shows as a masked character for YEARS now -- https://t.co/j4ZzaWjqfM— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) April 21, 2019
It doesn't happen on a regular basis, but it's happened like 3 or 4 times since 2015, I believe. Some of it was filmed for Wrestling Road Diaries 3 but I believe Colt/Punk had their fallout before that was released and it got cut.— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) April 21, 2019
The event is still up on IndependentWrestling.TV. You can see a trailer for the event below, but Punk isn't featured in it at all.
Wrestling Inc's Nick Hausman stated that at one point of his 2019 appearance, the plan was for Punk to take off the mask, but that didn't happen. Instead, he left still masked, getting into a waiting car. This is a stark contrast to the 2015 appearance, where a few people knew and he was seen backstage, but still kept a secret.