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CM Punk Sets Unique Record At AEW Double Or Nothing

CM Punk with the AEW World Championship

By winning the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing, CM Punk set a very unique record which may never be equalled.

When CM Punk walked away from WWE following the 2014 Royal Rumble, many fans, and even the man himself, never imagined that he would be back in a wrestling ring.

However, despite a brief mixed martial arts career and numerous assertions that his professional wrestling career was over, at AEW Rampage, The First Dance on August 2021 in Chicago, Punk declared “I’m back.”

From that point onward, the self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ set about proving that he was still just that. After eye-catching matches against the likes of Darby Allin and Eddie Kingston, Punk found himself at the top of the AEW singles rankings after winning a brutal Dog Collar Match against MJF.

This set up Punk’s first AEW World Championship opportunity at Double or Nothing against Hangman Adam Page. After a hard-hitting back and forth match where both men nearly walked away with the gold, it was eventually Punk who was crowned champion.

With the victory, Punk became the first man to win the WWE Championship, the Ring of Honor World Championship, the ECW World Championship and the AEW World Title.

CM Punk won the ROH World Title for the first and only time in June 2005 where he defeated Austin Aries. He picked up the ECW Title two years later by pinning John Morrison, (Johnny Elite) before winning his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship in June 2008. He went on to win the title twice more, while adding two WWE Title wins to his resume.

On the AEW Dynamite after Double or Nothing, Punk laid down an open challenge to any New Japan star for a match at Forbidden Door. His challenge was quickly answered by Hiroshi Tanahashi. Later in the show, after MJF delivered a scathing promo where he branded AEW President Tony Khan a “f*cking mark” and asked him to fire him, Punk ran to the ring during a commercial break to chase off his long-time rival.