Seven old rivalries CM Punk needs to reignite in WWE
The echoes of CM Punk‘s entrance music still resonate in the hearts of wrestling fans worldwide after his long-awaited return to WWE at Survivor Series on Nov. 25. The Chicago native, hailed as The Best in the World, stepped back into the squared circle, igniting a whirlwind of excitement among thousands of fervent fans in his hometown.
Yet, stepping back into the familiar three-lettered realm of WWE, Punk found himself in a landscape vastly different from the one he left in 2014. The dynamics have shifted, with new stars at the forefront, ownership changes, and creative voices emerging. Despite these transformations, some familiar faces from Punk’s earlier stint remain, sparking the potential for rekindling old rivalries. As we embark on this journey with The Straight Edge Superstar, let’s explore seven compelling feuds that could take center stage in Punk’s return to WWE.
7. Triple H
In the world of WWE, Triple H remains a dominant figure behind the scenes. Although retired from in-ring competition, he wields significant influence over the television product. A storyline pitting Punk against the corporate machinations led by The Game could add a new layer to Punk’s narrative, allowing him to grapple not only with adversaries in the ring but also with the corporate forces shaping WWE’s destiny.
6. Luke Gallows
Following the dissolution of Punk’s Straight Edge Society, one unresolved rivalry stands out – his brief encounter with Luke Gallows. While their paths diverged after Punk abandoned the group, a revived feud could unearth latent tensions and provide closure to a story that never fully unfolded.
5. AJ Styles
Although Punk and AJ Styles have crossed paths in the early 2000s, a major promotion showdown has eluded them. With both wrestlers having traversed parallel paths in WWE and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, a program between them could offer a fresh perspective. The Club’s heel turn targeting Punk could add a dynamic twist, injecting new life into the group’s relevance.
4. Rey Mysterio
Punk’s history with Rey Mysterio dates back to 2007, but the potential for a new chapter arises with the emergence of Dominik Mysterio. As Punk eyes the son of his former rival, a storyline intertwining past animosities and the legacy of the Mysterio family could create compelling narratives and exceptional in-ring performances.
3. Roman Reigns
The Bloodline, led by Roman Reigns, has dominated SmackDown for nearly three years. Punk’s connection with The Shield storyline in 2012 adds an intriguing layer to a potential feud. A clash with The Tribal Chief could prove to be a financial windfall for WWE, tapping into the shared history between Punk and Roman Reigns. Also, among the Shield members Reigns is the only guy who has picked up win against CM Punk and there are not many in the WWE roster to have a win on the “The Second City Saint”.
2. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has ascended to the position of Raw’s face, holding the World Heavyweight Championship. A clash with Punk offers a high-stakes encounter, with Punk aiming to reclaim championship glory. The juxtaposition of Rollins’ vision and Punk’s veteran prowess could deliver captivating matches, benefiting both competitors and the broader WWE narrative.
1. Randy Orton
Randy Orton is a stalwart in WWE for decades. He returned with newfound vigor at Survivor Series. With a history that includes encounters at WrestleMania 27, Punk and The Apex Predator could reignite their storied rivalry. Despite being on separate brands, the permeable boundaries between shows suggest an inevitable collision.
As CM Punk embarks on this new chapter in WWE, the potential for these seven rivalries opens the door to a nostalgic journey for fans, blending the rich history of the past with the unfolding narratives of the present. Each feud brings its unique flavor, promising not just physical clashes but also a tapestry of storytelling that captivates audiences and cements Punk’s place in the evolving tapestry of professional wrestling.