AEW All Out: 10 of the best matches and moments that define CM Punk’s journey to becoming ‘Best in the World’

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Wrestling fans have waited more than seven years to see the return of CM Punk to a wrestling ring. That wait is over as of Sunday night’s AEW All Out pay-per-view, with Punk set to face rising young star Darby Allin in one of the biggest matches in AEW history.

Seven years is a long time. Young men and women who are now old enough to legally drink were obsessing over the impending releases of the final movies in The Hunger Games tetralogy when Punk’s career was wrapping up in 2014. Instead of “the milk crate challenge,” the internet was still in the clutches of “the ice bucket challenge” as wrestling fans spent that summer wondering if one of the top stars had truly walked away for good.

Every year that followed carried its own rumors of a Punk return, rooted more in fan hopes than any tangible proof a return was actually forthcoming.

Then came AEW and the first true national competitor to the WWE product that had robbed Punk of the joy he’d found in wrestling. Suddenly, the prospect of Punk wrestling again seemed realistic. It took two years after AEW’s formation, but Punk finally showed up on the Aug. 20 episode of AEW Rampage in Chicago, officially announcing his return to wrestling in front of a hometown crowd.

The return, the reaction and the pitch-perfect promo that followed all served as immediate reminders that Punk remains as good as anyone in history at creating iconic professional wrestling moments.

As we prepare to embark on the next era of Punk’s career, let’s take a look back at the opponents and moments that have defined his already-legendary career.

The breakout rivalry with Chris Hero

While Punk’s early career was largely defined by his time either facing or teaming with Colt Cabana, his now-former best friend and fellow trainee of Steel Domain, the rivalry that broke Punk out as a must-see attraction was his series of matches with Chris Hero. Hero and Punk built a…



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