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Punk Beats Dominik in WWE Return Match
In his first match since shockingly returning to WWE at Survivor Series last month, CM Punk defeated Dominik Mysterio Tuesday night at a live event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The early portion of the match was a cat-and-mouse game with Dominik trying to avoid contact with Punk, and Dirty Dom eventually gained the upper hand thanks to some help from Rhea Ripley at ringside.
Ultimately, the momentum shifted in Punk’s favor, he took the fight to Mysterio and he put him away with his signature Go To Sleep (GTS) finisher.
As has been the case ever since he return, the fans in attendance went wild for Punk during his entrance, and the sold-out crowd also celebrated when he closed out the victory:
WWE even posted video on X, formerly known as Twitter, of Punk coming back through the curtain and declaring that he is still the best wrestler in the world:
For Punk, it represented his first WWE match since January 2014, and his first match of any kind since his final AEW bout prior to his firing in August.
Tuesday represented a solid tuneup for Punk as he prepares for his official televised return to the ring, which is scheduled for the Royal Rumble premium live event next month.
Punk announced that he will be part of the men’s Royal Rumble match, which was the last match he wrestled in before departing WWE nearly a decade ago.
If Punk wins the Rumble,