CM Punk was very happy to finally make his return to pro wrestling after 7 years away from the business. After winning the AEW World Title a few months ago, he celebrated on AEW Dynamite by taking a leap into the crowd. This is a stunt he performed in the past, but this time it didn’t work out too well.
During the media scrum following All Out, CM Punk admitted that he broke his foot while doing a stage dive. He banged his foot against the metal guardrail, and the match that followed suffered because of it.
“I did the stage dive, what an idiot. I must have hit my foot on the top of the guard rail, but I didn’t feel it. You would think that shit would hurt, but people caught me, put me back down, I waited for FTR, it just didn’t feel right. I thought I just whacked it, but then I wrestled on it, blew a springboard, came off the top with a double axe, did all this shit. What I eventually did was, yeah, I fractured my foot, but then I pulverized the bone. Surgery was supposed to be an hour, it wound up being four a half (hours). I got three plates and 16 screws in my foot and I essentially have a new foot now. It is 100%, but it’s a new 100%. Every day, I rehab. This is the worst injury I’ve ever had. I was in the bedroom for two weeks and it was really hard for me because I wanted to have this great summer, do good for Tony, sell tickets, draw money and ratings.”
“The rehab, I could tell you how hard and painful and grueling it was, but I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. I was doing two and a half hours of rehab, plus, once they told me I could bike, I was biking my life away. Then I would go to the gym later and lift weights. I was trying to bust my ass to hurry up. Not necessarily hurry up to get back, but hurry up and get healthy. If I’m not healthy, I’m no good to anybody. It was really tough. If I was 23, it would have been a hard injury because I literally couldn’t do anything, trying to get around on crutches, up and down stairs. It was pretty bad and depressing.”
CM Punk had to take a few months out of the ring, but he remained AEW World Champion. Jon Moxley beat him briefly for the title, but Punk regained his title at All Out.
After this media scrum, CM Punk had a physical altercation with members of AEW EVP cred in the hallway. This was due to his burial of the Young Bucks, Colt Cabana, and others during that same scrum. Only time will tell what’s next for CM Punk, but his stage diving days are over.
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