"Rowdy" Roddy Piper is the latest big name wrestler to come out in support of CM Punk as his absence from the organization continues.
In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, the 2005 Hall of Fame inductee was asked about his thoughts on CM Punk's WWE walkout and expressed his sympathy for the position of the 35-year old:
"CM Punk is a very talented man, and I'm a big fan of his. He's got a lot of great talent to share with the fans all over the world for a number of years.
"When you have one regime and something is going wrong, you have no other choice but to fall back and catch your breath," said Piper.
CM Punk hasn't been seen in the WWE since early in 2014 and many believe he may be done with the organization all together.
And Piper had some strong words for the WWE, warning Vince McMahon that they stand to lose a lot if they cannot reconcile their differences with Punk:
"Back in the day, when you're going 330 days a year, it's hard to have that much sense.
"I think that for one, CM Punk has a whole lot more great stuff to come out and I believe that the WWE will want that.
"They've put a lot of money into him, and they need to get over whatever their problem is."
Piper, who also revealed in the interview that he would be involved at WrestleMania in some capacity, is certainly somehow who can speak with authority on the taxing nature of the WWE having been a near constant presence in pro wrestling throughout the 1980s and 90s.
But he refused to rule out a return for Punk, stating that time apart could be the best thing for both sides.
There is certainly a growing belief amongst the wrestling fraternity that Punk could return once he has gained some much needed rest, but at present there continues to be radio silence from both the wrestler and WWE on the subject.
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