Ricky Starks is currently one of the highlights of AEW television, and there is a good reason for that. Starks has worked hard to establish himself as a solid talent, and fans continue to support him all the time. Now it appears he has a high opinion of his feud with CM Punk.

Rocky Starks squared off against CM Punk in the finals of the Owen Hart Cup tournament in what was certainly a highly anticipated match. Needless to say, fans were heavily invested in the match.

To the shock of everyone, Ricky Starks won the match by using the ropes. This started their feud which was followed by a solid promo battle on last week’s episode of AEW Collision.

While speaking to Alicia Atout, Ricky Starks discussed his program with CM Punk. Starks stated that the feud has given him a renewed sense of self.


It’s been really good for me I feel like (Starks said about working with CM Punk on Collision). I have a renewed sense of myself and I have a renewed sense of, you know, something of substance type thing and I remember back then when he had all these — he was facing (Powerhouse) Hobbs and all these other people and I was like, ‘Damn, what about me?’

I did feel some type of way because in my mind, it is great to wrestle somebody with that type of experience.

I don’t think people realize Punk is one of the few guys that have gone from the independents of the old, went through the transition of WWE and that whole system.

“So it’s great to have just because iron sharpens iron and I think being in there with Punk obviously makes me a better person because in my head, there’s a lot of pressure that I put on myself to step up the plate so to speak.

As they say on the internet, it’s sink or swim and I’ve been swimming quite a bit. So, it’s great, it really is and these are things that are needed. It’s cool to wrestle someone that’s on the same level as me, but I really don’t want that.”

I want to wrestle someone that is way better than me, that is beyond my years, you know what I’m saying? And I feel like everybody should strive for that.”

Ricky Starks will be squaring off against CM Punk for his ‘real’ AEW World Championship on this week’s episode of AEW Collision. We’ll have to wait and see how the match will turn out.

What’s your opinion on this story? Are you enjoying CM Punk and Ricky Starks’ feud? Let us know in the comments!

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