CM Punk almost in tears as WWE veteran becomes world champion for first time in NINE years after AEW victory

CM PUNK is back on top of the world after becoming AEW heavyweight champion.

The former WWE wrestler, 43, went up against Hangman Page at Double or Nothing on Monday night.

Emotions got the better of Punk who put up a terrific fight in front of a partisan Vegas crowd.

And they were with him every step of the way as he picked up his first world title in NINE years.

Punk left WWE eight years ago and had an unsuccessful stint with the UFC, where he failed to win either of his two pro fights.

Back now but with All Elite Wrestling, the Chicago-native turned back the clock against Hangman – and was almost in tears after the epic contest.

The energetic fight saw both men enjoy spells on top with both Punk and Hangman showing off their signature moves.

Page was making the seventh defense of his title after taking the belt from Kenny Omega last November.

But things didn't go to plan for the champ, who was finished by Punk after taunting the veteran with his own belt.

Hangman was toying with the ex-WWE star and looked certain for the victory, before deciding against whacking Punk in the face with the coveted strap.

That decision turned the match and Punk came back from the brink.

He unleashed his “Go 2 Sleep” finishing move before the tears began to flow in the ring.

The crowd at the T-Mobile Arena went crazy as Punk leaned back against the ropes and looked ready to weep.

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Elsewhere on an exciting card, Paige VanZant made her AEW debut against nemesis Tay Conti.

The bare-knuckle beauty teamed up with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky to defeat Frankie Kazarian, Sammy Guevara and Conti.

Scorpio had previously praised the former UFC star for her wrestling skills – and reckons she has what it takes to be an AEW champion.

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