Former WWE Champion, CM Punk, has revealed the basic plans for a tentative bout with the late Chris Benoit prior to the talent’s passing.
Just like the match that never transpired with Stone Cold Steve Austin, CM Punk vs. Chris Benoit was another fantasy warfare that fate never allowed to occur despite both men briefly being in the same place at the same time in 2007 and being booked against each other on pay-per-view.
Making his WWE debut in the company’s own version of Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2006, CM Punk began to rise through the ranks of the brand and was locked in a rivalry with Tommy Dreamer and The New Breed when Chris Benoit was drafted to the then third brand in June 2007.
While the pair never clashed one-on-one, they did team together against the duo of Elijah Burke and Marcus Cor Von on the June 12 edition of ECW, they were scheduled to compete in the Final of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship Tournament at WWE Vengeance: Night of Champions on June 24, 2007, the day Benoit passed away.
In a Twitter Q&A on February 12, ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ was asked what the plan was for his singles bout with Benoit and if he was booked to go over. Replying to the question, the talent simply stated:
“No idea. All we talked about was beating the p*** out of each other.”
No idea. All we talked about was beating the piss out of each other.
— player/coach (@CMPunk) February 12, 2021
At WWE Vengeance: Night of Champions, Johnny Nitro was forced to replace Benoit in the tournament final when ‘The Crippler’ failed to appear for his scheduled appearance. Twenty four hours later, the bodies of Chris Benoit, Nancy Benoit and David Benoit were found at their home by police.
While CM Punk wasn’t sure what the plan was for the eventual outcome of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship Match, history suggests that it would have been Chris Benoit who came out on top, crowning him WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WWE World Heavyweight Champion and ECW World Heavyweight Champion.