In his 14-year pro wrestling career, CM Punk has proven that hard work pays off, and he gives every aspiring wrestler who is clawing and scratching their way on the independent circuit hope. Punk has competed for a number of indy promotions, including:
- IWA Mid-South
- NWA Wildside
- NWA Cyberspace
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- International Wrestling Cartel
- St. Paul Championship Wrestling
You get the point.
As a result of his tireless labor in the indies, he managed to get an opportunity for both TNA and ROH. In TNA, he was mainly used as Raven's flunkie in his group The Gathering, often teaming with Julio Dinero. However, ROH utilized him more to his optimal potential, thrusting him as a top name early in his career with the company.
His 2004 feud with Samoa Joe in ROH is one of the most notable feuds in ROH history, with their match at Joe vs. Punk II receiving a five-star rating by Dave Meltzer.
Seven years later in 2011, CM Punk received another five-star rating. This time, the match was with John Cena at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. This was CM Punk's second five-star match of the decade, which can only account for a total of 10.
Multiple championships and the longest WWE Championship reign in modern history would confirm his self-proclaimed "Best in the World" moniker, right? In the words of the esteemed Lee Corso, "Not so fast, my friend." Giving yourself that title results in comparing yourself to some very notable wrestlers who can also stake that claim while still proving to be better than them. I am not sure that CM Punk can do that successfully.
Here are five wrestlers that prove his claim to be arguable but ultimately false.
Note: Every reference of a "five-star" match directs to Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer ratings, which is one of the most reputable lists in the pro wrestling community.