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Jeff Hardy Addresses Potentially Facing CM Punk In AEW

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Over a decade removed from their incredible WWE feud, Jeff Hardy and CM Punk may once again lock horns, but this time in All Elite Wrestling.

In 2009, Jeff Hardy and CM Punk had one of the most acclaimed rivalries in modern WWE history, winning that year’s Feud of the Year award from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The feud saw the pair trade the World Heavyweight Championship back and forth following Punk’s shock Money in the Bank cash-in at the 2009 Extreme Rules pay-per-view.

Thirteen years later, the duo are back in the same company, this time under the banner of All Elite Wrestling. The possibility of another match between the pair is enticing, particularly as both have thus far produced stellar work through their short AEW careers.

‘The Charismatic Enigma’ was questioned on facing Punk when speaking to Freddie Prinze Jr. for his Wrestling With Freddie podcast, stating that he’d be up for another go-around with ‘The Best in the World’ (h/t Fightful):

“[Winning the World Championship] was like a little boy’s dream come true, man. God, and then to do it over and over again. One of my favourite things, as far as being the World Champion, was working with CM Punk. It’s so crazy that we’re in the same company now and there’s a huge moment between me and Punk. It’s going to come, I’m sure. I think there’s a huge moment, just in the hallway, like me and Matt beat The Young Bucks or whatever at whatever pay-per-view is coming up, or whatever happens, but then we run into him, and me and punk just have a face-off.”

Jeff Hardy and CM Punk’s rivalry concluded on the 28 August 2009 edition of SmackDown as Punk retained the World Heavyweight Championship in a Steel Cage match that resulted in Jeff’s departure from WWE. At this time, Hardy was suffering from two herniated discs in his back and restless legs syndrome.

Hardy’s AEW debut in March marked the first time since then that the pair of ex-World Heavyweight Champions had shared a locker room together, with Jeff Hardy returning to WWE in 2017 once CM Punk had exited WWE three years earlier. Punk’s AEW debut came last August on the second Rampage episode.

CM Punk is currently scheduled to challenge ‘Hangman’ Adam Page for the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing on 29 May. Jeff Hardy, meanwhile, has just missed out on a spot in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament finals following his loss to Adam Cole on last night’s Dynamite.