Legendary WWE superstar turned TNA regular Kurt Angle has warned CM Punk that his alleged actions could have jeopardized his wrestling future.
Speaking on the Jim Ross podcast, Angle spoke of his respect for Punk but was wary of the rumors that the now departed wrestler had questioned the WWE's policy of booking veterans to return for big events on a part-time basis.
"I wanted to contact him and say 'Listen, Punk, you're working full time now but its not going to last forever and there's going to come a time when you want to go part time too," Kurt Angle explained to The Ross Report.
"You're going to be able to have that spot at WrestleMania as a part time worker so try not to put the fire out before you end up there because there might come a time when you might want to do that."
It has been reported in recent times that CM Punk was angered by the likes of The Rock being handed top bill matches by Vince McMahon and co whilst those who were putting in the miles and taking the hits were left on the undercard.
But Angle, who spent an incredibly successful time in the WWE during the 1990s and early '00s, and spoke of his own desire to return to the organization in the future, is right that Punk may one day reconcile his differences with the WWE and faces losing out on the chance of returning further down the line should he continue to kick up a fuss.
What the future holds
At present the likelihood of CM Punk being seen in a WWE ring anytime soon seems highly unlikely what with the WWE opting not to renew the wrestlers contract this past week.
Moreover, Punk was seemingly battered and bruised almost beyond repair during his last few months in the company but no one can ever be sure what the future holds. Should Punk have change of heart and hanker for a return down the line, Kurt Angle fears he hasn't left much room for negotiation:
"If you convince, which you're not going to convince Vince McMahon to do what you want, he's going to do whatever he wants, if you convince him not to do it (book part timers) anymore then you might end up in that position (of missing out).
"I just thought, if it is the healthy issue then I respect him... but as far as if it's about booking and about these part timers, look into the future and see what you want to do."
Angle angling for own return
As one of the WWE's most famed former stars Kurt Angle perhaps has a vested interest in the organization continuing to return to its stable of veterans for part time roles.
He divulged to Ross that he was keen to discuss with Vince McMahon and co the possibility of his own return to WWE but admitted it was difficult due to his commitment to TNA and the legal permutations that surround wrestling contracts these days.
Angle has not been seen in the WWE since 2006 when he left the company as one of its highest paid wrestlers and have been with TNA ever since.