Despite not being in WWE, there’s no denying that CM Punk is still loved by fans and the continual chants we hear are proof of that.
Obviously, there are those that turned their backs on him when he exited the company and went on to pursue a career in mixed martial arts, signing with the UFC before suffering a horrendous debut when he lost to Mickey Gall via submission.
That hasn’t ended his dream, though, as Punk will be part of an upcoming MTV reality show while actively seeking a second professional fight in the UFC.
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At the height of his success, nobody was more over than Punk in the WWE and that’s clear by the shock that surrounded his sudden and bitter exit.
It’s the pipe bomb that started it all off, but Punk had displayed his talents long before that with multiple Money in the Bank victories to match his World Championship reigns.
The hardcore wrestling fan knew the asset Punk was when he signed, as he had a reputation when he left Ring of Honor – even if it did take a while for him to show just how good he was.
However, former WWE producer Bruce Prichard recently revealed on his podcast that Vince McMahon wasn’t always a fan of Punk, as he simply didn’t understand who or what he was as a person as the office never understood any references he made with his hands; turning people off.
Eventually, Prichard got to know Punk and after showing him footage, Vince knew he had a star on his hands.
He said: “Everybody used to make fun of him because they didn’t understand him. They didn’t understand the tattoos. They didn’t understand his promos, and I would sit there because Punk’s a pretty even keel guy and I’d ask him questions.
“So, one day I decided to go take a camera crew, just me and Bubba Dean and we went up in the arena and I asked Punk to come up. And I essentially just interviewed him. I put the camera on Punk, I sat off camera and just asked him questions. ‘Man, tell me about this tattoo, the Pepsi tattoo,’ and he told me the story behind it.
“’Tell me about this tattoo, this other tattoo’ and he’d tell me the story about it. ‘What is the Straight Edge Society? What does that mean?’ And most people did not know what any of that s**t meant.
“They didn’t understand why Punk was straight edge. They didn’t understand his adversity to drinking. Didn’t understand the life that he lived that made him feel that way. So, I just asked. I just kept drilling down, drilling down to get him to tell me what makes [Punk] tick.
“They took the footage, and they took it to the studio and the guys who were about that age group, they listened to his interview and listened to his explanations and were like, ‘This guy’s deep, this guy’s great!’ Then all of a sudden, people were like, ‘Well, we gotta do something with him’ and Vince let him in.
“But before that, he was just a goof that no one understood. They just thought he was a goof, but he was pretty deep in his thoughts and he was pretty deep into how he wanted to be presented.”
It’s clear that Punk was different, and that’s what set him apart from the rest and why he was relatable to many.
Just imagine how his career would have played out had this moment never happened.
What do you make of the way Vince McMahon was finally impressed with CM Punk? Have YOUR say in the comments section below and the second episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here! Check out the inside info from our coverage in Orlando. https://soundcloud.com/user-818579649/givemesport-inside-wrestlemania-33
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