Wednesday, February 28

10 Things CM Punk Hasn’t Done In Wrestling

CM Punk made his shocking return to WWE programming at Survivor Series 2023 in front of his hometown fans in Chicago, Illinois. Punk was highly successful in his previous stint in WWE including a 434-day reign as WWE Champion. Punk is back in WWE for the first time in almost a decade and is looking to make up for lost time.


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The “Best in the World” won the WWE Championship twice and the World Heavyweight Championship three times including a couple of reigns as AEW World Champion. Nevertheless, Punk is back in the mix, and he would like to achieve some things in his WWE career before he retires from in-ring competition.


10 Win The WWE Universal Championship

CM Punk Is A Five-Time WWE World Champion

WWE Tenure

Height

Wrestlers Defeated For WWE World Championship Reigns

Notable Accomplishments

2005-2014, 2023-Present

6’2

Edge, Jeff Hardy (x2), John Cena, Alberto Del Rio

WWE Championship (x2), World Heavyweight Championship (x3), ECW Championship (x1), Intercontinental Championship (x1), World Tag Team Championship (x1), AEW World Championship (x2), ROH World Championship (x1)

CM Punk is a Triple Crown Winner in WWE with multiple runs as WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion. However, Punk has never won the WWE Universal Championship. The Universal Championship wasn’t created when Punk left in 2014, it was in operation a couple of years later in 2016.

Punk is back in WWE and there’s no doubt that he’ll have his eyes set on the WWE Universal Championship. Punk has a very good chance of winning the Universal Championship during his latest run in WWE.

9 Win The United States Championship

CM Punk Needs The United States Championship To Become A Grand Slam Champion

  • CM Punk needs to win the United States Championship to complete his set as a Grand Slam Champion
  • CM Punk held the Intercontinental Championship for 49 days
  • CM Punk beat William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship in January 2009

The WWE United States Championship is one of the championships that has eluded CM Punk from his WWE career. Punk has held the Intercontinental Championship which completed his set as a Triple Crown Winner.

Punk bypassed the United States Championship as he was in the main event scene as the reigning WWE Champion. It remains to be seen if Punk will win the US Championship as his sights would be set on the World Heavyweight Championship or the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.

8 Win King Of The Ring

CM Punk Reached The King Of The Ring Final In 2008

  • CM Punk attempted to hold the Money in the Bank briefcase and become King of the Ring simultaneously
  • Punk defeated Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho to reach the King of the Ring final in 2008
  • William Regal defeated Punk in the final to become the 2008 King of the Ring winner

CM Punk was Mr. Money in the Bank but he was bidding to win the 2008 King of the Ring tournament. There was a one-night tournament held on the April 21, 2008 episode of Raw with Punk defeating Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho in the last eight and last four to reach the final.

William Regal was on a roll in 2008, and he was waiting in the wings for Punk in the final. The crowd was on Punk’s side but Regal halted Punk’s chances of becoming the 2008 winner of the King of the Ring tournament.

7 Win A Last Man Standing Match

Randy Orton Got The Better Of CM Punk Once Again

Event

Match Length

Stipulation

Match Outcome

Extreme Rules 2011

20:06

Last Man Standing match

Randy Orton defeated CM Punk

The rivalry between CM Punk and Randy Orton lasted for a few months in the early parts of 2011. The New Nexus was taken out by Orton, and Orton defeated the Straight Edge Savior at WrestleMania 27. Once again, Punk was on his lonesome in his Last Man Standing match with the Viper at Extreme Rules 2011.

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They opened up proceedings, and they had a brilliant bout that lasted 20 minutes. Punk came up short to Orton again, and Punk has yet to prevail in a Last Man Standing match.

6 Become A Sole Survivor

CM Punk Has A 5-2 Win/Loss Record At Survivor Series

Survivor Series Appearances

Win/Loss Record

First Survivor Series Appearance

Final Survivor Series Appearance

7

5-2

Team DX defeated Team Rated-RKO (2006)

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated The Wyatt Family (2013)

Survivor Series has been kind to CM Punk over the years as it was the place where his historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion began in 2011. Punk has been involved in multiple championship matches and traditional Survivor Series elimination matches, but he has never been the sole survivor.

Punk was a part of Team DX in 2006 clean-swept Team Rated-RKO with ease. Punk boasts a 5-2 win-loss record at Survivor Series, and his most recent memorable moment at Survivor Series was in 2023 when he made a return to WWE for the first time in nine years.

5 Defeat The Rock

The Rock Ended CM Punk’s 434-Day WWE Championship Reign

  • The Rock announced that he would challenge the WWE Champion on Raw 1000 at the 2013 Royal Rumble
  • CM Punk’s 434-day reign as WWE Champion was ended at the 2013 Royal Rumble
  • Punk failed to regain the WWE Championship from The Rock at Elimination Chamber 2013

CM Punk and The Rock slugged it out over the WWE Championship in the main event of the 2013 Royal Rumble. John Cena won the 2013 Royal Rumble match, and he was poised to challenge Punk or Rock for the title in the main event of WrestleMania 29.

Punk’s 434-day run as WWE Champion was curtailed by The Rock, and that result didn’t sit well with many fans. They had a rematch at Elimination Chamber 2013, and Rock retained the WWE Championship with Punk omitted from the WrestleMania main event.

4 Compete In WarGames

CM Punk Returned To WWE At Survivor Series 2023: WarGames

The five-time WWE World Champion CM Punk has competed in Hell in a Cell matches, steel cage matches, and Elimination Chamber matches throughout his WWE career. However, Punk has yet to participate in WarGames.

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Punk would thrive in WarGames, and he could find himself involved in WarGames at Survivor Series 2024 if WWE decides to continue the WarGames theme.

3 Defeat Brock Lesnar

CM Punk And Brock Lesnar Had One Of The Best Matches In SummerSlam History

Event

Match Length

Match Type

Match Outcome

SummerSlam 2013

25:17

No Disqualification match

Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk via pinfall

CM Punk and Brock Lesnar had a mouthwatering showdown at SummerSlam 2013 in a No Disqualification match, and they did not fail to disappoint. As expected, Punk gave Lesnar one of the best matches in the Beast Incarnate’s career.

They knocked it out of the park in a brilliant contest. Punk was a former Paul Heyman Guy, and he attacked his former manager, but Lesnar rescued Heyman, and he executed the F-5 on Punk onto a steel chair to secure the win.

2 Never Won The Royal Rumble

CM Punk Has Failed To Win The Royal Rumble Match

Royal Rumble Match Appearances

First Royal Rumble Match Appearance

Latest Royal Rumble Match Appearance

Total Eliminations

6

2007

2014

18

A lot of former World Champions have never won the Royal Rumble match, and CM Punk is one of the best wrestlers to never win the Rumble. Punk competed in six Royal Rumble matches between 2007-14.

A decade after last competing in the Royal Rumble match, Punk is one of the favorites to win the 2024 men’s Royal Rumble match. Punk would love to main event WrestleMania, and winning the Royal Rumble match would nudge him one step closer to headlining WrestleMania.

1 Never Main Evented WrestleMania

CM Punk Has Yet To Go On Last At WrestleMania

WrestleMania Appearances

First WrestleMania Appearance

Most WrestleMania Appearance

WrestleMania Record

7

Money in the Bank Ladder match (WrestleMania 23)

CM Punk Vs. The Undertaker (WrestleMania 29)

3-4

It’s a travesty that CM Punk has never main evented WrestleMania, and he was aggrieved that he failed to headline the Show of Shows. Punk had a strong 2011, and he should have won the Royal Rumble match and competed for the WWE Championship in the main event.

2012, Punk was the reigning WWE Champion and he successfully defended his title against Chris Jericho with The Rock and John Cena taking center stage in the main event. Ultimately, the Straight Edge Savior faced The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, but Punk played second fiddle to Rock and Cena’s sequel.

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