It’s been well over a year since CM Punk abruptly walked out of WWE, however, WWE fans — especially the ones from Punk’s hometown of Chicago — haven’t forgotten about him, and, if at any point there’s a dead-spot during a WWE show, the fans will begin to chant for the former WWE Champion.
CM Punk was fired by WWE about five months after walking out of the company, and this past December — at least for the time being — he closed the door on a return to WWE when he announced that he had signed with the UFC. Even though Punk walked out on WWE — which is usually something that would turn its fans against someone, no matter how popular they were previously — wrestling fans love him, and are holding out hope that he’ll return to the squared-circle some day.
One would think that WWE executives — especially the man at the top, Vince McMahon — are sick of hearing Punk’s name be chanted by the WWE fans. But, McMahon suggests that he doesn’t have a problem with it, and that he’s not sick of it.
Vince McMahon was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame on Wednesday night in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, and he was asked by the Chicago Tribune if he was sick of WWE fans chanting for CM Punk, and McMahon replied by simply saying “No.”
McMahon was also asked if WrestleMania would ever return to Chicago, and McMahon didn’t rule it out. In the past, many have thought that WWE wouldn’t bring WrestleMania back to Chicago due to the climate, but, McMahon says that the weather wouldn’t be an issue because they’ve brought WrestleMania to cold-weather cities in the past, and it hasn’t been a problem.
“I wouldn’t say Chicago is out of the running. We can do colder environments. We went to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. People wear coats to football. Why won’t they were jackets and so forth to WrestleMania? They will. Chicago will definitely be in the running in the future.”
WWE has held two WrestleMania’s in Chicago previously — WrestleMania 13 in 1997, where the famous “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Bret Hart submission match took place, and WrestleMania 22 in 2006, which WWE credits as the first night John Cena was ever booed out of a building, even though he had been heavily booed beforehand.
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