It’s been more than four years since CM Punk left WWE, or even stepped foot in a wrestling ring.
But with his victory in the Chris Amann defamation trial, and his name still being chanted in arenas as a way for fans to show their dissatisfaction with the current WWE product, the feud between Punk and Vince McMahon’s company lives on.
With the June 17 Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) in the vicinity of the current Marvel Comics-freelancer’s hometown, everyone knew Punk’s name would come up while WWE was at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. And it wasn’t just people screaming his name during Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal. The ‘E got their shots in early and late, too.
First up was Booker T on the Kickoff, using a discussion of Ronda Rousey’s pro wrestling learning curve to say this about The Straight-Edge Superstar’s struggling MMA career:
“We saw CM Punk, try to run in at UFC and try to take it over. That boy got the brakes beat off him just a couple weeks ago, and the same thing can happen here tonight in the middle of this ring...”
The reference late in the night was more subtle - and to be fair, was more a “reclaiming” than a “shot”. Aiden English came out to rap his man Rusev into the ring for the men’s ladder match, and he was wearing some familiar colors. But as The Singing Superstar explained on social media, just because we’ve seen the Chicago flag on Punk’s trunks and merch, they’re not his:
These stars belong to no one man. These stars belong to Chicago.— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) June 18, 2018
These stars belong to Home. pic.twitter.com/njX1V10a9C
Fight forever? Sure, why not.