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20 Potential Opponents for CM Punk's WWE Return

CM Punk made headlines when he walked away from World Wrestling Entertainment in early 2014. Unlike so many before him who left the company for a time period only to eventually return to the WWE, Punk

CM Punk made headlines when he walked away from World Wrestling Entertainment in early 2014. Unlike so many before him who left the company for a time period only to eventually return to the WWE, Punk stayed away for good before telling the world his story via the podcast hosted by his real-life friend and pro wrestler Colt Cabana over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Wrestling fans hoping that the two sides would come together for a reunion had those wishes dashed when Punk put pen to paper on a deal with mixed martial arts organization The Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Punk has stated on several occasions that he is retired from the professional wrestling business and also that he has zero interest in ever working for the WWE or for any other organization. History has shown that wrestlers who make such claims often return to the industry for one reason or another. For every Shawn Michaels, who has kept his word and not had another match since his last loss to the Undertaker, there are the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Terry Funk and so many others who seemingly cannot help but keep going until their bodies give out on them.

The smart money is that Punk will perform in a WWE ring again before all is said and done, if only for one more program or even one more match for the right money. There is a long list of opponents for a Punk return contest were he ever to fancy one, and he would likely have his choice of feuds were he to rejoin the WWE. Those involved in the decision making could set Punk up to take on a line of opponents that are involved in one particular faction, or the “Straightedge Superstar” could be booked to take on a talented in-ring worker and put together a five-star classic match.

20 The Big Show

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19 Kane

Via wwe.com

18 Jamie Noble

Via pl.wwe.com

17 Ryback

Via wrestlingnews.co

16 Bray Wyatt

Via sportskeeda.com

15 Cesaro

Via sportskeeda.com

14 Dean Ambrose

Via youtube.com

13 Kevin Owens

Via rollingstone.com

12 John Cena

Via forums.2k.com

11 Hideo Itami

Via dailywrestlingnews.com

10 Chael Sonnen

Via mmafighting.com

9 Roman Reigns

Via youtube.com

8 Chris Jericho

Via adelrio.diandian.com

7 Seth Rollins

Via youtube.com

6 Finn Balor

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5 The Rock

Via wwfpictures.blogspot.com

4 Brock Lesnar

Via youtube.com

3 Daniel Bryan

Via bigdamngeeks.com

2 Triple H

Via youtube.com

1 Steve Austin

Via pixgood.com

This is a potential match-up that could interest both performers. “Stone Cold” is believed to be interested in working one final WrestleMania card, one that will see him get his hand raised, and the WWE teased a future Punk vs. Austin showdown when advertising the WWE '13 video game. The match would likely be a big-money draw, something that both of the wrestlers would enjoy, and it would also give the talented in-ring workers an opportunity to work together, something that was never a possibility when Austin was in his prime and the biggest draw in the business.

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