It's been almost three years since CM Punk left WWE, but it doesn't look like his feelings have changed about returning to the company.
Last month, CM Punk made his long-awaited UFC debut, and after he was completely destroyed by Mickey Gall in the very first round, talk of him returning to WWE began to pick up some steam, even though he said in his post-fight interview that he plans to keep on fighting, even if the UFC cuts him.
Despite not being the most polished mixed martial artist, Punk has a lot of options outside the UFC because of his star power. An organization like Bellator would surely kill to have a big name like Punk fight for them. But, as of this writing, Punk remains a UFC contracted fighter, even though UFC President Dana White has said multiple times that the ex-WWE World Heavyweight Champion probably won't fight in the Octagon ever again.
It's unclear when CM Punk will fight again, and which organization he'll fight for. But the one thing we do know is that he will fight again, and, at least for now, a return to pro wrestling, specifically WWE, is out of the question.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer said that CM Punk would view a WWE return as a "loss in life."
"The thing with Punk is that, according to those close to Punk, he would see going back to WWE as a loss in life, where Goldberg was just a businessman who had hard feelings about the past but would have no trouble letting them go if it was the right business."[embed]https://twitter.com/WWEUniverse/status/788216741859995648[/embed]
The Observer was comparing Punk to Goldberg because, like Punk, Goldberg's WWE exit wasn't pretty, and when he left, he had no desire to return to the company. In fact, he said several times that if he wrestled again, it wouldn't be in WWE. He even said that he'd be willing to put on his own event instead of returning to WWE. But after being away from the company for 12 years, Goldberg made his return this past Monday in one of the best segments of the year.
Punk, who will be turning 38 in just a couple of days, probably won't have a lengthy MMA career due to his age. Most people are assuming that he'll become a commentator or an analyst after he's done fighting, which is something that he'd probably be pretty good at. But no matter what he does in the future, most of his fans will want to see him return to WWE.
Shortly after leaving WWE in January of 2014, Punk told Colt Cabana on the Art of Wrestling podcast that he felt creatively stifled during his time in the company. But as we've seen with returning stars such as The Rock, Chris Jericho, Brock Lesnar, and most recently, Bill Goldberg, WWE will give their bigger stars a lot more creative freedom than they give the rest of the active roster, so Punk probably wouldn't be creatively stifled at all if he returned to the company.
While Punk would view a WWE return as a "loss in life," he hasn't ruled it out, as he said on Sirius XM's Opie with Jim Norton that he'll never say that he won't return because he can't tell the future, but, as of right now, he doesn't plan to.
Guys like Bret Hart, The Ultimate Warrior, Bill Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar all left WWE on horrible terms, but they all have one thing in common: they came back. In fact, there really isn't anyone who left WWE that didn't end up returning, no matter how bad their split from the company was. So, history does say that CM Punk will return to WWE at some point, even if it's 10 years from now.
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