CM Punk is once again a world champion, defeating ‘Hangman’ Adam Page at AEW Double or Nothing to claim the AEW Championship. After returning to the wrestling industry in August of last year, it hasn’t taken Punk long to receive the highest honour in All Elite Wrestling.
In an epic battle against Page that will be remembered for years to come, CM Punk is once again the face of wrestling.
“I feel a great responsibility. I’ll lead the company and learn from all my past mistakes and do the best I possibly can to show the locker room how to operate and how to conduct yourself as a champion,” Punk said.
Since coming back in August of last year, Punk has had several notable feuds with the likes of Darby Allin and MJF. Punk has received criticism from the media and former wrestling personalities such as Eric Bischoff for being not liked.
“If there’s people backstage that don’t like me it’s a minority and if anyone says nobody wants me here or nobody likes me. I would like to say that nobody’s don’t like me and nobody’s want me here,” Punk said.
Starting off in the American wrestling promotion Ring of Honor, Punk came to prominence wrestling for WWE. Having held the Intercontinental, World Heavyweight and WWE Championship, Punk decided to leave after a falling out with bosses Vince McMahon and Paul Levesque in 2014.
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“I feel the 10 years I spent in WWE was wasted. I reached the potential that I could have given the limitations they [WWE] constantly put on me. Here (in AEW) there is no limitations.”
As the AEW World Champion, Punk will have to be on the lookout for everyone else in the locker room as they look to challenge him for the title. After Double or Nothing came to a close, CM Punk mentioned to the media who he would like to face next.
“Bryan Danielson is the first name that comes to mind,” Punk stated.
The next AEW pay-per-view is the AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door event in Punk’s hometown Chicago, Illinois. This event will be one of the only times that the New Japan roster will be competing in the United States.
“With the Forbidden Door coming up, I think Okada, Tanahashi, Ospreay. Guys like that, I’m looking forward to stepping in the ring with.”
Trained by the legendary Ultimo Dragon, Kazuchika Okada is a five-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion with one reign lasting a record 720 days and is the most likely candidate to face Punk.
As the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Okada taking on Punk will be a dream match for lifelong wrestling fanatics. The match can be set up as Champion vs Champion with the faces of both companies taking on each other.
To end the press conference CM Punk had some last words about his thoughts on professional wrestling and where he currently sees it.
“This is what I dream pro wrestling could be in America.”
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