Enough on the Love for CM Punk?
It’s been almost three and a half years since the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” has graced our televisions on a weekly basis, last appearing in the 2014 Royal Rumble match. Despite a strong showing in the main event, his elimination by Kane would turn out to be the final time we would see CM Punk on WWE television.
He has been sorely missed since.
Punk cleared the air as to why he would leave the largest wrestling company in the world when he appeared on Colt Cabana’s podcast, Art of Wrestling, in November of 2014. I highly suggest listening to this to understand Punk’s side as to why he would leave WWE. He was on top of the world, as he cemented his legacy by being the nineteenth Triple Crown Champion. Despite his successes, it was easy for Punk to just leave and if he was telling the truth in Cabana’s podcast, it’s logical as to why he up and left World Wrestling Entertainment.
It wasn’t easy for CM Punk to reach the successes he did in WWE. As many fans (or the WWE Universe) know, the “Paul Heyman Guy” had to scratch and claw his way to the top because he didn’t have the look of your prototypical WWE Superstar. Billed at 6’2″ and 222 pounds, Punk didn’t quite fit the bill Vince McMahon typically looks at in his champions. He wasn’t the biggest, the strongest, or the most powerful wrestler in the company but he was easily one of the most charismatic. It helped that he was a phenomenal wrestler as well, which is probably the main reason he was so beloved by the fans.
Money in the Bank 2011 was just what Punk needed to cement himself as a legitimate star in Vince McMahon’s billion dollar company, after he and John Cena had an instant classic against one another in an epic match. I’m going to show off for a second and tell you all I was there. I know, you’re jealous. It was on this night Punk made himself a hero despite being the heel in the bout, but it was impossible for him to garner any heat considering the match was in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
So why, after all this time, do we still cheer his name at the weirdest times?
Its time to stop chanting his name. Now.
Let me preface this by saying this – CM Punk made me fall back in love with professional wrestling after his infamous Pipe Bomb. It was fresh, it was cool, and he’s from Chicago so I’m obligated to love the guy. So why, after almost three and a half years, do we continue to cheer his name?
I attended NXT: Takeover Chicago last Saturday and thankfully, there weren’t many people who chanted Punk’s name, which is a change considering he was constantly revered in his hometown. There were still a few who attempted to and thankfully, my faith in humanity was restored when others (and myself included) booed the guy who tried starting a Punk chant during the epic U.K. Championship match between Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate.
Why do people still bother?
It’s hard to be the BEARer of bad news, but he isn’t coming back anytime soon. CM Punk is gone and he is dedicated to his new career of being a UFC fighter, and other men have stepped up in his place. Guys like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are two who come to mind as to who has stepped up in Punk’s leave.
I miss CM Punk, but our chants won’t be the reason he comes back. I won’t speak for Punk but I can only assume he would only return to pro-wrestling if the money was right and the McMahon family showed him the respect he wants.
Will it ever happen? You can never say never in pro wrestling but as of now, it isn’t looking promising. Until then, let’s just enjoy the product for what it is and not cheer his name when other men and women are giving their all to entertain us.