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CM Punk Names “The Number 1 Guy” He Wants To Face Outside Of AEW

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CM Punk has discussed wrestling’s forbidden door and discussed the one man that tops his list from outside AEW that he’d like to face.

The former WWE Champion stunned the wrestling world when he made his comeback to the business after a seven-year hiatus as part of AEW. Punk’s return had become wrestling’s worst-kept secret and the clamour to see the star meant AEW sold out the United Center in Punk’s hometown of Chicago when the Straight Edge Superstar made his incredible comeback.

Since then CM Punk has proved he is not afraid to mix it up with anyone on the AEW roster. Punk’s first match since 2014 saw him defeat former TNT Champion Darby Allin at All Out. Punk has since followed that up with wins over Powerhouse Hobbs and Daniel Garcia. Punk could also be in for an interesting night at Full Gear in November if a recent photo of Tony Khan is to be believed.

Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show CM Punk has named one star that is not part of All Elite Wrestling that he’d love to share the ring with, calling him the number one guy in New Japan Pro Wrestling:

“I’m, for sure, both feet in on AEW, but I know a lot of the New Japan guys wind up coming over and wrestling on AEW Dynamite and Rampage, and I’m not averse to the idea. But I know they’re in the throes of their G1 tournament and stuff like that.”

“So I don’t know if they can spare the guys, and I think because of the pandemic, you still don’t see a whole lot of travel from America to Japan. I definitely think you’d have to do a hard two-week quarantine once you get to Japan, and I just don’t think that’s a viable option at this point.”

“I got to do that when I take acting gigs, and that’s hard enough, so then to be in Japan for two weeks to sit in a hotel, I’d probably lose my mind. I’m for sure interested.”

“You said Okada, and I think that’s a guy I would definitely be interested in getting in the ring with because again, gone for seven years, the rise of everybody who has become a superstar in my absence. I definitely want to get back in the ring with him. He’s probably the number one guy over there.”

Kazuchika Okada is a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and holds the records for the longest reign and most successful defences of the belt during one of his 5 reigns as champion.

Okada is possibly best known to international fans for his series of critically acclaimed matches with Kenny Omega in NJPW. These culminated in a Two Out Of Three Falls match at Dominion in 2018 that saw Omega finally defeat Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Title.

h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription