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CM Punk disagrees to Ric Flair calling HBK the greatest in-ring performer of all time

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CM Punk does not agree to Ric Flair’s statement of Shawn Michaels being inarguably the greatest in-ring performer of pro wrestling history.

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FLAIR ALSO PLACED STEAMBOAT IN THE SAME CATEGORY

While promoting WWE Raw’s upcoming legends night, Flair made this statement to WWE UK. However, he also said that his contemporary legend Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat would be in the same category as Michaels. Flair and Steamboat’s series of matches are well-known to be amongst the greatest series of matches between two wrestlers in the history of pro wrestling.

“For my money, in the ring, I’d put him and Ricky Steamboat in a class by themselves. I always liked being around Shawn. As far as a guy in the ring I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody better,” The Nature Boy said.

CM PUNK DID NOT SEEMINGLY AGREE TO FLAIR’S STATEMENT

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CM Punk’s tweet did not indicate at him being in agreement with The Nature Boy’s claim of The Heartbreak Kid being the greatest of all time.

CM PUNK SINCE RETIREMENT FROM PRO WRESTLING

Since retiring from pro wrestling following his disillusionment with WWE, Punk had rarely been seen around the squared circle. On April 19, 2019, Punk appeared in a masked disguise at an event held by independent promotion MKE Wrestling, where he helped Ace Steel win a match by attacking his opponent with the GTS. While it was implied to be Punk by promotion owner Silas Young, nothing was confirmed by Punk.

On November 12, Punk made a surprise appearance on the Fox Sports 1 series WWE Backstage. He subsequently joined the program as a special contributor and analyst. Punk accepted the job because he would be under contract with Fox instead of WWE directly, and hoped it would help him find his way back into the wrestling business. Regarding an in-ring return, he was not interested but also not opposed to the idea. However, production of WWE Backstage was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequently suspended by Fox in June 2020.

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Since then, Punk has maintained that only a large amount of money can lead him back into the wrestling ring as a competitor.

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