Last week, I detailed the things I’m looking forward to in 2015 and one of those things was the possibility of going to the United States and watching a WWE show live. I’ve always wanted to do this but I’m afraid I won’t be seeing one of my favorite wrestlers, CM Punk. That’s because he’s out of the WWE… and burned a lot of bridges before he left.
I really didn’t think much of CM Punk when he first started out. I hated him when he was doing the Straight Edge Society gimmick (which, in hindsight, made him a very effective “heel” character). But when he decided to “go rogue” and drop his first pipe bomb in Raw, my views of the guy changed. He was telling it like it is!
And he kept on preaching the truth about what was happening and I was hooked! Before I knew it, he was one of my favorite wrestlers/Superstars in the WWE! He was very entertaining at delivering promos and I couldn’t believe some of the things he got away with saying! He was, as he said, “the best in the world.” And he was totally right!
And then, he left. CM Punk just vanished from WWE programming. No explanation given. He was just gone. The Best In The World was gone from the face of the WWE Universe. WWE kept on hinting that he was coming back so I just kept on watching each episode of Raw and checking out the pay-per-view results to see if he would make a surprise returns. He never did.
And then he did the first real interview with his good friend, indy wrestler Colt Cabana. And the Internet exploded.
After listening to CM Punk rant on Colt Cabana’s podcast, I seriously have second thoughts of trying out for the WWE to become a wrestler… not like I would become one but, you know.
Anyway, the things he said during the podcast was a real eye opener. Maybe I was just really naive but I always thought the WWE and Vince McMahon takes care of the people that wrestle for the WWE. I mean, they keep on promoting that these guys are professionals and we shouldn’t try the things they do at home or at school. They also have a lot of video clips showing how the wrestlers get the best treatment possible when they have to undergo surgery.
According to CM Punk, no. At least he was run really ragged. One of the things I took away from the podcast was that he was pretty much hurt all the time. One particular story was about getting a lump on his back and the WWE doctors doing nothing as they misdiagnosed it as a “fatty deposit.” It turns out it was a serious staph infection and, until his future wife, AJ Lee, pleaded with Punk to have it checked by a doctor unaffiliated with the WWE,
Speaking of AJ Lee (my favorite performer in the WWE, by the way), the story regarding him getting his termination papers on the same day as his wedding day with the Diva of The Year was particularly cold in the part of Triple H and Vince McMahon. To give someone their walking papers on what’s supposed to be one of the best days of their life? That’s just cruel.
Understandably, he was pretty angry about it because, well, he never received a call or notice that he was in violation of not appearing for work! He was suspended during this time and was never informed about the suspension being lifted. It’s a good thing he got a good lawyer and managed to sue Vince McMahon, Triple H and the WWE for wrongful termination.
He also doesn’t like Triple H as a person. He thinks that he doesn’t deserve whatever The Game has. This, well, I sort of can split hairs with him. I do agree that Triple H seems to play favoritism (which should be a no-no in any business) and has a huge ego but I do think he did a lot of things really well to help the entire business.
There were a lot more things discussed during the roughly 2-hour podcast with CM Punk (like Ryback being unsafe, Vince McMahon nixing a sponsorship deal with Punk and his claiming The Shield was his idea). But to summarize everything he said, he just didn’t love wrestling anymore. The sport that he loved as a kid and loved doing every week. He just didn’t care for it anymore. The WWE crushed a longtime fan’s love for it.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. There was going to be a second podcast! Oh, and Vince McMahon himself would appear on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast. Coincidence?
But we’ll talk all about that next time!
What’s your take on the entire CM Punk story? Let me know in the comments section below!