Could a former WWE World champ be on his way back into wrestling?
Tag: CM Punk
Tonight the WWE will air their official 25th anniversary edition of Monday Night Raw (even though the actual anniversary date was a couple of weeks ago, but whatever). To commemorate the occasion, they have advertised a ridiculous number of returning stars (Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, etc) for what should be a fun nostalgic trip down memory lane.
It wasn’t that long ago that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk were at the very top of the wrestling world. They were both considered by fans to be among the most talented superstars in the WWE, and both had world title runs to show for it. Things are a little different now, though.
The good ol’ shoot interview. In wrestling terms, it’s an interview or promo that is “legit.” In other words, it goes off script or contains personal feelings and behind the scenes secrets. While they rarely happen on television anymore (other than the occasional “worked shoot”), many former wrestlers are quick to jump onto YouTube after their contracts expire and start dishing out dirt on their former bosses and co-workers.
Anything can happen in the world of pro wrestling, and that’s just talking about the scripted action. When you add in the element of live television (or being part of an arena crowd), the potential for something unplanned is even higher. And no matter how careful the WWE (or other promotions) are, sometimes things go wrong in the middle of their shows, for a number of different reasons. It could be an injury that changes the path of an entire storyline, a performer going rogue, or some other unforeseen disaster.
As far as we know, CM Punk is finished with the world of professional wrestling. He walked away from the WWE in controversial fashion, hasn’t had many nice things to say about his former employer since, and embarked on a surprise journey into the world of MMA, getting absolutely dominated by Mickey Gall in his first (and so far only) professional UFC bout.
Bill Goldberg is, for some reason, making the media rounds. We guess it’s probably to promote his appearance in the new WWE 2K17 game, because it’s not like he’s been doing much else lately. Regardless, like many others in the combat sports businesses of MMA and pro wrestling, the former WWE and WCW champion recently weighed in on CM Punk’s UFC debut. In case you hadn’t heard the news, Punk got beat down pretty badly and lost the fight in a little over two minutes, without landing a single punch.
Whether you think it’s a good idea or a bad idea for CM Punk to be trying to make his mark in UFC probably, at least partially, revolves around the fact that he is basically a completely untrained 37-year-old trying to break into a sport full of professionals who have been training in that particular discipline for their entire lives. Even if he works really hard, as he clearly has, the odds of success are not in his favor, and he may ultimately end up horribly outmatched. It turns out, the Ohio Athletic Commission, which is overseeing UFC 203, would normally agree with that sentiment, and in fact, they actually have a rule that states that any fighter must have a winning amateur record consisting of at least five fights before they will sanction a professional match. In case you didn’t know, CM Punk has never competed any MMA discipline as either an amateur or a professional, and thus would not qualify. In fact, Punk’s opponent, Mickey Gall, would also fall under this ruling, as he only has a 3-0 record as an amateur (and is 2-0 as a pro), although obviously he has slightly more wiggle room than Punk.