CM Punk is one of the best wrestlers in AEW, having one of the best win/loss record in the company’s history.
In singles matches, CM Punk has over 20 wins, while only losing three-times – the most recent in 2023.
In that time, he won the AEW Championship twice and wrestled in main event matches of pay per view, Dynamite, Rampage and Collision – something nobody else in the company can boast.
Due to CM Punk’s enormous success, every loss he has in AEW is a huge deal, and makes his opponent a bigger star than before.
In this article, we’ll go through every loss CM Punk has had in AEW, analyzing how he lost and the star ratings for the various matches..
3. MJF (AEW Dynamite, 2/2/22)
CM Punk lost (twice) to MJF in Chicago, marking his first lost in AEW.
This came in the main event of the February 2nd, 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite, and came as a huge shock to many.
This was because the event took place in Chicago, the hometown of CM Punk. He had never lost in AEW, and nobody thought it’d be in his own backyard that his first loss would come.
MJF beat CM Punk twice (he claimed) – the first was a submission victory, choking Punk with some wrist tape, although that was overturned by the referee and the match continued.
Despite Punk pulling out all the stops (including the first Pepsi Plunge in nearly two decades), a Dynamite Diamond Ring to the face put an end to his undefeated streak in AEW.
CM Punk had the last laugh, beating MJF at AEW Revolution 2022 in one of the best Dog Collar Matches of all time.
- Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 4.75 Stars
- Cagematch Rating – 8.62
- Atletifo Rating – 4 Stars
2. Jon Moxley (AEW Dynamite, 8/24/22)
Just a week after returning from his first injury, CM Punk lost to Jon Moxley in a match to unify the AEW Championships.
After Punk broke his foot on the AEW Dynamite after Double or Nothing 2022, Moxley took up the mantle, defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi at Forbidden Door to become the interim AEW Champion.
Upon Punk’s return, the pair battle to decide the undisputed champion, just weeks before All Out 2022.
Moxley targeted the injured foot in a three-minute match, which shocked the crowd having CM Punk to lose in shocking fashion.
Jon Moxley lost the title back to CM Punk at All Out 2022, before missing 9 months of action due to a another injury.
- Dave Meltzer Star Rating – N/A
- Cagematch Rating – N/A (Match Too Short)
- Atletifo Rating – 2.5 Stars
1. Ricky Starks (AEW Collision, 7/15/23)
In one of the biggest shocks of CM Punk’s career, he suffered his first loss since the summer of 2022 to an up-and-coming Ricky Starks.
This loss came in the final of the second annual Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, in Punk’s first attempt at winning the trophy.
With the son of the late Chris Benoit at ringside in Calgary, Ricky Starks grabbed the ropes as he subtly hinted at a heel turn, pinning Punk with a roll-up.
This makes Ricky Starks just the third man, after Jon Moxley and MJF, to beat CM Punk in AEW.
It was also Punk’s first singles loss on AEW Collision, although all of his losses have come on free TV (he is undefeated on pay per view).
- Dave Meltzer Star Rating –
- Cagematch Rating – 6.74
- Atletifo Rating – 3 Stars
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.