CM Punk has declared himself to be “Best in the World.”  He’s worn the Ring of Honor World Championship, the ECW World Championship, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and is the current WWE Champion.  In one of wrestling’s biggest storylines since the New World Order, he reignited a fire with his infamous “Pipebomb” promo.

And this weekend, the WWE Champion acknowledges and expresses kudos to three of TNA’s top stars.

Destination X saw two new champions crowned.  Zema Ion is the new X Division champion, and Austin Aries is the new TNA World Champion.  And the beast that everyone remembered Samoa Joe to be in the early days of TNA and his time in Ring of Honor is back, as the Samoan Submission Machine locked in an MMA style rear naked choke to Olympic hero Kurt Angle in an exciting match, rendering him unconscious and leaving the referee no choice but to call the match a knock out.

TNA is the number two wrestling organization in the US, but that’s only by default as there are other wrestling companies that simply do not have the national exposure that Spike TV provides.  Ring of Honor is the breeding ground to some incredible wrestling talent, home to a large part of CM Punk’s history, just as it is to Samoa Joe and Austin Aries.  And Punk name-dropped ROH during the “Pipebomb” promo last summer.

He’s not a flashy champion.  He doesn’t wear suits.  He doesn’t exude the classic “champion” style.  But CM Punk has shown true class by acknowledging another company’s show, and by giving TNA a nod.


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