Throwback: CM Punk’s Only Tag Team Championship Run in WWE

Published 02/07/2021, 6:53 AM EST


CM Punk stormed through the WWE Universe during his reigns as WWE Champion. As the face of the company, he was a fan favorite and was arguably the biggest one-man show since “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. 

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Everyone knows about the glorious WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship reigns of Punk, but many discount his short contribution to the WWE Tag Team Division. 

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Yes, that’s right, CM Punk did have a reign as WWE Tag Team Champion, when he paired up with…Kofi Kingston! In one of WWE’s most unlikely combinations in retrospect, Punk did the unthinkable and won the Championship with Kofi who was just settling in WWE at the time. 

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CM Punk and Kofi Kingston reigned for 47 days!

On the October 27, 2008 episode of Raw, ‘The Best in the World’ and Kofi won the Championship from Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, starting their reign. 

The two did not have as much of a memorable run as fans would expect. CM Punk and Kofi took part in Survivor Series the next month as part of Team Batista but lost after a hard-fought contest.

Their reign as Tag Team Champions also ended at 47 days, when they dropped the gold to The Miz and John Morrison. 

Kofi Kingston and CM Punk actually brought a lot to the table. They made a lethal combination of flexibility and high-flying brutality to which many other teams could not find an answer.

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Kofi Kingston wrestles in the WWE Tag Team division till today

While CM Punk spent the future building up to have successful runs as the main champion of WWE, Kofi found his place in the tag team division. In fact, his team, New Day, continues to wrestle in the tag team division of WWE.

He holds the record with New Day for the longest Tag Team Championship reign in WWE history at 483 days. They are also the only team to hold the fleeting Championship for over a year. 

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Although Big E has split from the team due to the draft, Kofi and Xavier Woods continue flying the banner high.

The Tag Team Championship has always been a statement of teamwork (not for John Cena and The Miz of course), and the team of CM Punk and Kofi Kingston was actually quite good while it lasted.

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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