When I first got into tape trading, CM Punk was my first big thing. It didn’t hurt that he was the rising indie name from my general area of the country.
So, I ordered any match of his with a significant amount of buzz and waited for my mid-tier quality VHS to arrive to watch Punk go 90+ minutes with Chris Hero or the TLC match with Hero, or any number of Punk vs. Colt Cabana matches.
When Punk had his big feud with Raven in Ring of Honor (ROH), it was great seeing him get a bigger stage to work on, same with his mostly wasted time in TNA.
I’ve seen Punk live in “bingo halls” and fieldhouses. I’ve seen him in arenas being the biggest star in the biggest company in the world.
Then, I saw Punk transition to MMA. Then I saw it go as wrong as anyone with any sense predicted. And then again on a second go-round.
And, all along the way, we saw Punk lose his passion for wrestling. That doesn’t seem like a thing he’s just saying, it seems like the reality for a guy who spent a very long time doing the thing at a very intense level.
Now, Punk is clinging to saying he’s done with wrestling, calling it an “escape hatch” and saying there’s nothing in wrestling that interests him during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. Instead Punk is still kicking around the idea of continuing his MMA career.
Wrestling does not give up its stars easily. Chicago will still light up the arena with chants for Punk. Every. Time.
Fans will cling to “what if” and his name will continue to come up in rumors.
But its time to let CM Punk go for good. In fact, it’s way past time.
It’s best for you.
And best for him.
- Here are your Raw recap and reactions.
- Is Undertaker vs. Triple H the best thing going on Raw?
- Yeah, we’re getting that Raw tag title match.
- Braun Strowman’s Money in the Bank cash-in plan has a bit of a problem.
- Let’s not give TOO much credit to WWE for moving Renee Young to the booth full-time.
- Surprise, Cody vs. Aldis in a rematch is the NWA Anniversary Show main event.
Ok, that’s it for today. Make your day something special.