AEW star Ricky Starks has opened up about the possibility of a future match with former AEW Champion CM Punk.
Starks will face current AEW World Champion MJF at this month’s Winter Is Coming event on December 14, for both the AEW World Championship and the AEW Dynamite Diamond Ring.
Starks spoke in an interview with DAZN about his feelings towards Punk, who is currently suspended from the company for his involvement in a backstage altercation with the Elite following the company’s All Out pay-per-view:
“Him saying those things about me really helped. What would have been great was to actually have a match with him. Things were kind of leading up to that, I thought; that’s one of the minor things that I’m actually annoyed about is that I never actually got to have a match. It’s not to stroke my own ego, but it’s about iron really sharpening iron.
“I’m the type of person who would be able to benefit from that, in terms of excelling in my talent. At the time where Hobbs turned on me, I think we were already there [crowd reacting favorably and momentum] and it was already a rolling boiling.
“Things had to have happened in that sense. Otherwise, to go another six or eight months and really just floating in limbo would not have been very beneficial to me, I don’t think.”
When asked whether a match between the two could still happen at some point, Starks replied:
“I would hope so, I really do. I thought Punk, (William) Regal, these people that came in were great additions to the locker room. Great additions in terms of what they provided. I know, personally, I was able to talk to Punk a lot and get help on my promos and things like that. Same with Regal, because I’ve known him for so long.
“It was kind of a blow that both of these guys left. I am hopeful that down the line I do get that matchup. If not, I get it, that’s how the business is, but it would be nice. It would be nice to be able to work with somebody of that caliber because I’ve yet to work with, besides Sting, I’ve yet to work with somebody of such a high caliber, and the Sting match was a year or two ago.”
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