AEW star CM Punk has lavished praise on several wrestlers, putting them amongst the very best of the best to compete in the ring today.
Punk has long been called ‘The Best In The World’ but according to the former WWE Champion, there’s a whole host of names that could claim that nickname in 2021.
Speaking to Brandon Walker of Rasslin‘, CM Punk elaborated:
“You could say it’s Bryan Danielson. You could say it’s Kenny Omega. There’s an argument for Roman Reigns. I think now, in 2021, like I said, I think this has been the murkiest it’s been in a very long time.”
“There’s a couple of years it was Bryan Danielson, and I think if you have your finger on the pulse of wrestling, there always feels like there was a guy that was ‘oh this guy’s the best,’ and that’s kind of how the evolution of ‘chip on his shoulder’ CM Punk happened is because I was in a company that would never position me as anything, really. I had to fight for everything, and to me, it was obvious. Come on guys, this is pretty obvious.”
Punk then went on to add that there are names in New Japan Pro Wrestling that could be considered the best in the world and even says AEW could lay a claim to that title themselves:
“There’s guys in New Japan too. Where else can you see AEW talent wrestle New Japan talent or New Japan talent wrestle guys on the indies? There’s that whole ‘forbidden door’ aspect of AEW that should be very appealing if anybody out there wants to find out who in fact is the best wrestler in the world.”
“If New York City is the center of the wrestling world and you’re so up your ass about ratings, and buy rates, and ticket sales and all that other stuff, well, AEW is the best wrestler in the world because we just packed 20,000 people in Arthur Ashe Stadium.”