It’s been a little over a year and a half since former WWE champion CM Punk left WWE, and even though he’s talked at length about his professional wrestling career and why he ultimately decided to hang up his boots, he still can’t avoid being asked about his time with World Wrestling Entertainment.
CM Punk was more successful in WWE than people thought he would be. Typically, WWE tries to do everything they can to keep guys who look like CM Punk out of the main-event scene. But if someone has undeniable talent, like Punk, it’s hard to keep him from getting to the top. But no matter how good Punk was and how successful he became, WWE was always hesitant to make him the face of the company, even if he proved that he should be over and over again.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Punk reflects on his time in WWE and talks about some of the backstage politics that end up holding guys like himself back. He also talks about why he’s so excited about his new career with the UFC.
“For the longest time [in WWE], the competition wasn’t that clean-cut. It didn’t matter if you were the best. There’s slimy backstage politics, there’s always somebody trying to undercut you. To me, there’s something romantic about just you and another guy locked inside a cage and the better man wins. In that time and space, nothing else matters. I definitely think it can be f***ing scary, but I like embracing the things that scare me”
During his wrestling career, it was pretty well-known that CM Punk always thought that he was the best no matter where he wrestled, and most fans would agree that he was one of the best all-around performers in wrestling. Punk took his career and himself very seriously during his time in WWE, and he admits that he probably took himself too seriously, which forced him to become a bit jaded and burnt out.
“I think at some point in my wrestling career, I took myself way too seriously, and I took the wrestling business way too seriously. It probably helped sour me on the whole process. It probably helped burn me out.”
CM Punk has been a contracted UFC fighter for about eight months now, and he’s expected to make his UFC debut either by the end of this year or early next year. Some have suggested that the UFC should hold off on Punk’s debut until UFC 200 in July of next year, which isn’t such a bad idea.
As for who will be CM Punk’s first opponent, well, there hasn’t been anything official set up. However, CM Punk has been in a bit of a Twitter war with UFC fighter Cathal Pendred, who fights at welterweight, which is the weight-class that Punk is aiming to fight at. So, Punk may end up fighting Pendred, who has a professional record of 17 wins and 3 losses, in his UFC debut.
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