There’s no real reason why this rumor even started in the first place. Despite the WWE Universe’s attempt to piece together what would be a miraculous return to World Wrestling Entertainment, there are still holes in the logical story. CM Punk is a UFC fighter and will not return to the WWE under most circumstances. At least in the current future, Phil Brooks isn’t signing with the WWE whatsoever. Let’s back track how this rumor came to be.
Punk’s Twitter picture is Paul Newton in Slapshot. That’s been Punk’s avatar for a long time. John Cena’s Instagram page is known to be a collection of random photos that rarely have any significance. The only reason Cena’s Instagram profile was taken seriously with the Punk story is due to his picture of AJ Styles’ Independent wrestling days. It escalated when Styles posted an image of Cena when he was the Prototype.
That’s the only reason why Punk’s Twitter avatar was taken seriously when Cena posted it. A couple of days later, CM Punk’s profile was added to the WWE Alumni page. It was reportedly taken down for a long time, but now that it’s back up, WWE fans got excited that perhaps the two sides agreed to a secret deal that would bring back the former-WWE champion. All rumors about Punk’s return can silently be stop and return to the realm of fantasy booking.
According to Dave Meltzer, CM Punk is not returning to the WWE, despite Cena’s Instagram picture and the WWE’s Alumni section update.
“Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that there is nothing to the Cena photo, as Punk is currently signed to a multi-year UFC deal, and is not on the best of terms with WWE given the current lawsuit against him by WWE Doctor Chris Amann.”
Now that the rumor is dying down, Joe Rogan decided to comment on Punk’s delayed UFC fight for the second-straight time. The UFC commentator doesn’t think Punk should even be fighting in the UFC.
“I also think it’s ridiculous for him to fight in the UFC,” Rogan said during his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
“I think he should fight in a small organization. Take a fight in a small organization, build yourself up. I have always said that’s what should have happened with Brock Lesnar.”
Punk had surgery to fix a herniated disk in his back. He noted that he couldn’t take the pain anymore, which is the main reason for the operation. Unfortunately, this will delay his UFC debut once again. Mickey Gall won his fight several weeks ago to earn the opportunity of facing Punk in his first fight in mixed martial arts.
UFC purists aren’t happy that Punk is going straight to “the show,” but that is where Dana White can make the most money he can. Punk’s a household name in all of combat sports. After his infamous “pipebomb promo,” he was wanted by multiple outlets to just do an interview regarding his outspoken ways. White is a good businessman who knows how to promote fights.
Punk is a wanted commodity and putting him in minor fighting companies doesn’t maximize his star power. Rogan is right. Punk shouldn’t be in the UFC. The Chicago-native does have a multi-year contract with the UFC and will not return to the WWE until that contract is finished, or the UFC cuts the former-WWE champion.
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