I made this thread years ago and Jeff won easy, I'd like to see where people stand on the opinion now.
In 2009 Punk could only dream of reaching Hardy's popularity (and this coming from a huge Punk mark), but now I think it would be pretty even with Hardy getting louder pops just by a bit.
I'd say CM Punk is higher in the company than Jeff has ever been but hardy is a spot monkey, if he didn't perform spots from the top of ladders, though tables etc, he wouldn't be half as over as he is. Although i have to say hardys probably more over, Punks a Heel, so you cant really tell until his face return.
If you are talking about getting pops, Punk is heel right now, so he doesn't get pops in every crowd. Anyway, he is general terms more popular than Jeff Hardy was. What Punk does feels bigger than what Hardy did some years ago, if that is what you mean.
Jeff Hardy is one of the best babyfaces in the business and has been for the last six or seven years. He would be a megastar in the WWE right now if he didn't have his personal issues and if he actually wanted it. He's doing well for himself in TNA right now imo.
CM Punk has been close to being the next big star but Jeff Hardy in 2007 and 2008 was a interesting sight. Fans really loved him..they cheered him over Taker in that England match once. That was odd. And they definitely kept Cena away from him the entire time he came back...but he DEFINITELY was the next top guy with fans when it came to be over..females/kids/males all liked cheering him big time..especially during that main event run.