Kurt Angle Rips CM Punk: ‘He’s Not The Best In The World, He’s Not Even Top 10’

Kurt Angle is back at it again on Twitter. WWE Champion CM Punk calls himself the “Best in the World” – and Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine recently gave Punk their endorsement by ranking him at #1 on this year’s PWI Top 500 list.

Kurt Angle, a vocal critic of Punk in recent months, doesn’t agree with Punk being ranked at #1 – or him being in the top 10 at all. Angle tweeted on Tuesday:

What do you guys think – is CM Punk deserving of being called the Best In the World? If he’s not #1, is he in the Top 10?

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  • http://twitter.com/IslandFishAJ AJ Grimaldo

    Punk = Best In The World… kurt is just a bitter old man.

  • Junaid

    Fuck you kurt angle, get the hell lost already. Rot in TNA

  • Haters Gonna Hate

    Kurt Angle is extremely jealous and bitter. Although he would never admit it, he wishes he was still in WWE, and more relevant.

    • pwnez

      I would not be surprised if he were to come back for a match at WrestleMania. Angle wouldn’t say no to a big WWE paycheck.

      • morrisonfanone

        No one would say no to a big WWE paycheck, if they were smart.

    • WWEMark1995

      Why else do you think he is always bitching when somebody in WWE is getting momentum?

  • Brock Lesnar

    CM Punk isn’t even top 20. They just give the wwe titles to anyone these days. I stopped watching WWE in 2004 because it sucked…started again in 2010 only to find out somehow jobbers like Jeff Hardy & Edge were champions???! Rey Mysterio??? Like WTF. These were jobbers and now they’re main eventers lol. It’s sad. Punk is a fake Stone Cold. Even his theme song has the same rhythm.

    • http://twitter.com/stardast1 richard schneller

      cm punk 1# on the list Kurt Angle is 8#

      • morrisonfanone

        Maybe Kurt was 8th a while ago but not anymore. He’s facing the same people over and over again.

    • Heel4Life

      You don’t think that Jeff Hardy & Edge earned their main event status?

    • Hobo With A Shot Gun

      You are stupid

    • Duckman

      People, don’t feed the trolls. It’s bad policy.

  • Robert Castille

    Punk isn’t the best in the world (I think AJ, Bryan, and Angle are better… Punk is in that class though) … I do believe that Punk deserves the number one spot on the PWI 500 this year though… within the last year no one’s been better

    • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

      I agree, Punk can consistently put on a great match and I’m a big fan of his, but I could list many names that are better wrestlers than him. Daniel Bryan would be on that list, as you said.

      After being in the wrestling business for over a decade now, Angle should know that “Best In The World” is a catchphrase designed to sell merchandise, nothing more.

      It’s not something to be taken literally.

  • bigkalito

    Absolutely not..not in the world or even the top 10. He’s a good wrestler..and only because he is holding the title almost into a year..does not making him the best.

  • Forceton Banfodder

    I think somebody needs to take Kurt’s phone away from him when he’s drinking.

  • the painful truth

    “Orton is better” -Drinking make angle sounds like a mark

    • Bullrogg

      Orton’s matches since his return have been great. Looks like he’s trying to prove a point.

  • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

    Obviously CM Punk isn’t REALLY the “Best In The World”, but Kurt doesn’t have to be such a d*ck about it.

    • pwnez

      The fact that he said Orton is better than CM Punk is funny. Angle just loves the attention.

      • http://www.twitter.com/SouthKidd803 SavageBomber

        Right! Randal better than Punk? Not in this lifetime.

        • HeelDZ

          Don’t forget the fact that Punk is also better then AJ, Aries nd Bobby Roode!

      • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

        Orton’s work in the ring is solid, but you’re right Punk is definitely the better wrestler.

        It’s sad to see Kurt like this. He’s one of the all-time greats, he doesn’t need to bash other stars to validate himself.

        Personally, I would like to see Punk vs Angle sometime down the line. These two could deliver an amazing match together.

        • vadertime33

          sad to see him like what?? giving his opinion?? its the same thing we do every day on here..C’MON SON

          • Aj Clarenceson-Palooza

            You had me at c’mon son

          • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

            Fans stating who they like or dislike is one thing. A professional crapping all over their peer is another.

          • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

            It’s sad to see him bitter and posting random crap on twitter.

      • morrisonfanone

        I have nothing against Orton (anymore), but he is not better than CM Punk. And yeah, Kurt will take the spotlight any chance he gets. Why else would he get arrested so much?

  • http://twitter.com/WECENANUFF Rob Allen

    Lol Kurt Angle is THE MAN!

  • Hobo With A Shot Gun

    Kurt just stop it because you making your fans really piss

  • Hobo With A Shot Gun

    Kurt Angle “Best in the World” when it comes down to Jack Daniels

  • BrahmaBullRKO

    I agree that Punk isn’t the “best in the world,” but he certainly is up there. I think Orton is good too, but certainly not better than Punk.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EO45SUVQJNAX5ZNOYRX2ZXS42Y dae5

    Punk isn’t #1 or even in the top ten… His title matches aren’t even in the top ten matches, either.

  • GreatRedBeard

    Kurt Angle is, and always will be the Best In the World….at being a drunk sloppy douche.

  • JonzoNYC

    Punk is a great wrestler working with a couple other great wrestlers and a bunch of “Superstars”. I don’t think he’s number one in the world but he had the belt almost all year, he’s gimmick is all about Straight Edge which will appeal Marketing wise to the youths of America, and he’s been on every late night show this year promoting WWE. So yeah, he prolly deserves to be number 1 this year. He worked hard. Angle as much of a jerk that he is could prolly Out Wrestle Punk any day of the week….and out drink him


    What is this guys deal? We all know punk calling himself the best in the world is part of his gimmick. What wrestler hasn’t said that about themselves. But punk is definetly up there. Kurt loses credibility When he said orton is better. Maybe the guy really is just bitter.

  • TheresProgressNow

    he’s no Kurt Angle, that’s for sure


    100% true fuck cm punk he will never b at orton-angle-aj-cena level of competition…totally agree with the best ever(kurt angle)…

    • http://www.twitter.com/SouthKidd803 SavageBomber

      Cena?! I believe it’s time for an intervention. ALCOHOL IS BAD FOR YOU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.williams.545 Steve Williams

    I think Kurt is either too proud for his Gold medals or kinda confused about the Wrestling business. I think to be the the ‘Best in the World’ you don’t have to be the best wrestler in the world. It all depends on the whole package as an entertainer. Austin, Rock, Hogan, Warrior were never the best wrestlers in their prime but they were best to watch either in promos or in ring. And that’s all that matters. I have respect for kurt as an entertainer but he needs to get over that CM Punk is rising fast to the top.

    • BOOCH

      I couldn’t agree with you more.
      Glad to know someone here Finally gets it. That’s also why Cena has been at the top and that’s why Punk is quickly becoming his successor.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jean.mokuolu Jean Paul Mokuolu

      Yeah but when Kurt was at the top wrestling was popular. Same with Cena in his DOT days. You can´t say that about CM Punk. Sorry guys that proves even as an entertainer Angle massively eclipses Punk. Kurt being one of the elite, even if he wasn´t the face, is much more impressive than a guy whining his way to the top, only to get there and WWE to go even further down in popularity. CM PUNK fans, keep deluding yourselves.

  • Stranger

    lol @ Orton is better.

    Angle better return to WWE someday to face Punk. If he won’t, I don’t really see why he’s belittling him so much.

  • http://twitter.com/J_Bruck Justin Bruckman

    Kurt was the best in the world. Now Punk is the best in the world.

  • Ryan-Christopher

    Ha… You people are definitely going to disagree with what I’m about to say, but it’s the truth.
    I used to be a huge fan of CM Punk back when he was straight edge and he had his ECW Championship, and World Heavyweight Championship runs. One of his promo’s that I enjoyed the most was when he was walking out of the crowd when he had long hair and was feuding with Undertaker or Jeff Hardy over the World Heavyweight Championship, speaking about teenagers at home and their parents that need to moderate and control them more. He used to do so well on the microphone, and he used to be so inspirational.
    Now, a personality that was carried through from his infamous independent circuit run and reality, was completely RUINED due to Chris Jericho exposing him in the locker room “drinking alcohol” and “going to a bar.” No offense intended at all to Chris Jericho because WWE creative team made him do it, but seriously? That’s just as offensive to the past fans as it is to actual believers of the straight edge subculture. If CM Punk had any ounce or morsel left of dignity for himself, he wouldn’t have let WWE manipulate him, and just as he was after ECW and even after the Straight Edge Society… He would continue to be the Straight Edge Savior that everyone knows him to be. Not this “Best in the World” bullshit that’s so overused and not distinctive what-so-ever.

    • Forceton Banfodder

      It’s real to you damnit!

    • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

      urm…you do realise that Jericho saying Punk drinks and showing him walking into a pub was all storyline right ?…Punk is actually straight edge lmfao…xD

    • http://www.twitter.com/SouthKidd803 SavageBomber


    • AngelFlow

      It’s still real to you -.- poor guy

  • AngelFlow

    Drunk or someone “hacked” his Twitter again? Or he is just full of himself. Yes he is one of the greatest wrestlers ever and all the guys he mentioned are great too, but he needs to understand that Punk saying he is the “best in the world” is part of his character and that PWI are based on the year of the wrestler. And Kurt, (this is coming from an Orton’s fan) Orton is not better than Punk.

    • Daniel Marcelo Erazo

      he sucks get over it he couldn’t beat ryback without cheating

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

    Angle knows A LOT about wrestling. Or so I thought. then he said Orton was better than CM Punk. Angle has a drinking problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001866594747 Adrian Stottlemyer

      you really don’t think orton is a better wrestler? Come on dude. Orton is a hell of a talent. He was much better during evolution and legacy days. Talent wise, he’s better than cm punk, but cm punk put work in and his mic skills are impressive. If orton had a little of his oldself, he’d be way better than cm punk.

      • HeelDZ

        On the mic and in the ring CM Punk is a better wrestler then Orton and that’s a fact

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001866594747 Adrian Stottlemyer

          Not when Orton was on top of his game. His mic skills are subpar to CM Punks, I’ll give you that, but overall orton was a better worker.

        • DXOWNSNWO

          A fact u say? That’s like saying it’s a fact that your life has any purpose other then to spew utter non sense such as the mindless comment made here

      • Jmc60

        Orton is decent but Punk is better at wrestling and miles aheead of anything Orton spits into his mic

    • http://www.facebook.com/jean.mokuolu Jean Paul Mokuolu

      No mate, its CM Punk fans that are delusional. Kurt is just laying the truth on you. Even if Kurt is being a prick, he has a right to. He´s easily one of the 10 best to have ever graced the WWE ring. Punk barely makes top 50. Completely overrated, thats why only new fans like him. Anyone whose watched wrestling since the 80s or before knows the guys full of shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Black-Green-Violet/597424768 Black Green Violet

    come back to wwe & make a shocking return & face punk

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Phatz/100001836347580 Mike Phatz

    punk saved wrestling last year..kurt hasn’t been impactful in few years.currently he is best in the world..

  • Marty Bunch

    Bryan Danielson is without a doubt the better wrestler and possibly the very best in ther world, and he proves it every time he’s on the air. He’s been the best thing about WWE for months now, and the bits with Kane are about the only thing worth watching anymore.
    To Orton, whether you idiot wrestling fans want to admit it or not, the guy is good, and just because he’s limited by the WWE style doesn’t mean anything. Just about every wrestler these days has only about 5 moves or so per match. The wrestlers could put on a lot better matches if allowed, but WWE just doesn’t see it that way.

    • Dr Bill Jacobs

      Orton’s problem is that god awful viper character. Legend Killer Orton was the shit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jervaughn.stewart Jervaughn Stewart

        No actually it’s the apex predator character, the viper character was actually his evolved heel persona after the legend killer. I say evolved because as the viper he got even better as heel (punting and RKO’s to the entire mcmahon family,triple h, and batista), they should have stopped calling him the viper when he went face

  • jccox01

    Dude, punk isn’t the best. He’s stale as fuck.

  • morrisonfanone

    I don’t think Punk is the best in the world. To me, Edge is the best in the world, and John Cena is second. But yeah, Punk is defiantly in the top 10. Vince wouldn’t be pushing him so hard if he didn’t see something in him. As for Mr. Angle. He will never be in MY top 10.

  • CactusZackAttack

    Honestly, I’ve had enough of Kurt and this crap, obviously Punk is one of the top guys in the business right now, and he puts on great matches, and can cut a promo like no other. And Orton is better in the ring? LOL I like Orton but he’s nowhere near Punk as far as in the ring goes. So honestly, I agree with Punk’s ranking. I like Kurt Angle, I really do, he can still put together great matches and have good segments, but he needs to stop whining to get attention like Kevin Nash. And someone PLEASE take his internet away.

  • The Rock

    He right tho Cm Punk SUCKS.

  • kquickstillsucks

    I am really worried about Kurt Angle’s mental health. Who’s the best is really up to the eye of the beholder lol. Angle just comes off as a jealous d bag and in a few hours he will say “just kidding i love CM Punk”. Makes me wonder if he has a split personality.

  • WWEMark1995

    Sorry, my twitter got hacked..

  • Drivesdale

    In terms of currently active wrestlers? Best in the WORLD is either AJ Styles or KENTA.

  • Bullrogg

    LOL! Angle is such a joke. The guy looks terrible and is not an elite wrestler anymore, so to include himself in that list is a joke. He also can’t count as he says Punk isn’t top ten then goes on to name 5 people better to prove his point. Riiiiiiiight.

  • NotYou

    Kurts not even top 100…

  • Ken Barlow

    Isn’t it just a gimmick though? I don’t see him dissing Jericho for not being the best in the world at everything he does.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jean.mokuolu Jean Paul Mokuolu

      Yeah cause Jericho has the right to say it. Punk basically got big by whining his way to the top. Jericho didn´t start off calling himself best in the world, others did, same as Angle. Jericho was just reacting to a whiny prick. Why he jobbed to that guy is beyond me. He also outclassed Punk in their match.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tennindo.tennison Tennindo Tennison

    CM Punk has the entertainment factor to him. I personally dont think hes the best in the world, but I don’t think any one is. Punks a good wrestler and Id like to see him go far as a top tear. Tho Kurt needs to put them words up. Come on down and fight the WWE Champ Kurt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Black14th Steve James

    I’m sure there are many more wrestlers in the world who are better than Punk. At least, I hope so, considering his finisher is only a fireman’s carry into a knee strike, and most of his kicks look like a 4th grader’s version of karate- all flailing arms and shaky balance.
    When he was practicing kicks on that rolled up mat last week, his leg extension as shit, and his arms were flailing like a broken windmill…
    Power-wise, there’s dozen wrestlers who outshine Punk. Technical-wise, Bryan has a better mat-based game than Punk. As it’s been pointed out a dozen times already, “Best in the World” is just a catchy saying to sell t-shirts.

    • fireworks Ts

      Danmmit… Steve James you speak truth.

  • fireworks Ts

    All you fucking nerds and PUNK-bitches make me soooooooo sick !!! Kurt Angle is STILL way above CM Punk ! Punk is sloppy as hell in the ring and he’s weak , he can barley lift anyone to do that terrible finisher( GTS ) watch Kurt and AJ wrestle there isn’t a wasted motion and their moves com off as crisp. Kurts 43 years and I’m betting he’s in better shape than most of you fat , single , minimum wage making wrestling board commenters. Punk is no better than Tyson Kidd , Sandow or Christian. AJ STYLES is the BEST IN THE WORLD. Keep drinking Punk’s Kool-aid.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jean.mokuolu Jean Paul Mokuolu

      I applaud you sir.

  • TheGreatJoe

    The fact he said Orton made me laugh.. Get real Kurty

  • MegaAgent69

    No he’s not the best in the world. He duznt deserve to be ranked #1. Before his “Pipebomb” shit last summer nobody cared about CM Punk. Before his BORING title reign nobody cared. Now all of a sudden he’s the “Best In The World and everybodys on his dick. Fuck CM Punk

    • bcacini

      He sucked when he had The Straight Edge Society and he sucks now. The only reason he’s having this title reign is because Vince McMahon just wants him to shut up and quit whining like a little bitch. Pipe bomb!!


    Not only could he only come up with 5 names but Orton isn’t even close to as good as Punk

  • heterosexual

    oh dear, here we go again

  • bcacini

    CM Punk is no where near the best in the world. Randy Savage was 10 times the wrestler Punk is. Does he consider himself the best in the worl because he kicks a little bit. In my opinion, Daniel Bryan is a way better wrestler than Punk. Even Orton is better. Orton has better moves and his matches are mor exciting. Punks matches are BORING!!! They need to put him in an iron man match or a street fight. He wouldn’t last 20 minutes in those matches.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jean.mokuolu Jean Paul Mokuolu


  • bcacini

    I would love to see the Steve Austin vs. CM Punk match happen just so I could see Austin lay him out with the stunner. Cm Punk will lose to The Rock. No doubt about it.

  • Roy Cuffee

    wrestling wise aries and aj styles are def better than cm punk and i never thought he was that great! he is considering the talent around him because punk and daniels are the only real wrestlers on the dam wwe roster with exception of tyson kid who gets NO real tv time..now im not talking about talent or acting just wrestling before you people get your panties in a bunch

  • FoleytheLegend

    “Pwi is about title runs.” So did he forget that Punk has been WWE champion for about a year now? And judging by Kurt’s grammar, I’d say he’s been hanging out with his buddy Jack recently.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001866594747 Adrian Stottlemyer

    Kurt can be loony at times, but for the first time I actually agree with him. If we’re talking pure wrestling, cm punk is not in the top ten, probably not even top 20.

  • 1234guest

    He claims CM Punk is a joke, yet he practically stalks news websites for any info on whatever Punk’s up to. Seriously, the only reason he’s doing this crap is to be relevant again. And it’s not really working all too well, since Punk hasn’t even acknowledged him unless he’s calling Angle a “sloppy drunk.” Angle needs to give it up, and stop thinking the wrestling world revolves around him.

  • http://twitter.com/j2dittmore joe dittmore

    i say let punk Orton . AJ, Roode, Arie: kurt fight see who really number 1

  • http://twitter.com/j2dittmore joe dittmore

    yea kurt dose look real bad thats a another reason why wwe did not give him a new deal wwe wonted him to take time away from the ring and rest and heal so kurt finish his deal and left wwe.

  • HeelDZ

    Kurt Angle WAS the best in the world. However, i fink now is past his time and CM Punk is the best in the world

  • rav1014

    So Kurt Angle is crying that CM Punk promos himself as the Best in the World? I guess Kurt really believes everything in wrestling is real too. Is Kane really a monster? Does Daniel Brayn run through the streets yelling No at everyone? Does Triple H walk everywhere with a water bottle to spit water in the air?

  • jaryan

    chris benoit was best in the world but he never happend ask vince lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyfrclev Gary Kelly

    kurt is clearly the best in the world punk ducks any tough compitition we all know most wrestling is a show but kurt has wrestled for real

  • http://www.facebook.com/jean.mokuolu Jean Paul Mokuolu

    I mean can we be serious, Punk really isn´t the best in the world. Nowhere even close. Kurts TNA matches have actually been better than Punks as well. Punk isn´t best in the world at anything. Mic, In-ring, storytelling. Angle also is not arguing against Punks claim. He´s arguing against a stupid magazines claim.



  • http://twitter.com/THE99thProblem Quilter

    personally i think Orton is a poor face character but i think that D-Bry is the best wrestler in the world

  • HB

    Based on wrestling. Best in the world no. Best in the WWE on the mic yes. Top 10 wrestlers right now yes.

  • wifebeater sucks

    cm sucks