Ever since he left WWE following the 2014 Royal Rumble, CM Punk has been outspoken about the way he was treated and the fact that he never fit the mould in WWE.
After breaking his silence back in December 2014 he has consistently made controversial comments about the business.
Blazing a trail
The former World Champion attended International Fight Week as part of UFC's celebration and he talked about WWE and how much impact Ring of Honor from the early 2000's has had on the wrestling community as a whole.
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“I think it’s funny now when you look at the pro wrestling landscape, all the guys that they’re hiring, all the guys that they’re putting on television. I can honestly say I don’t know if that happens if a guy like me and a guy like (Samoa) Joe don’t take a chance.
"Everybody’s talented in their own right but everything that I was made fun of and vilified for by management is what they’re looking for in guys and I wear that as a badge of honor.”
Punk went on to talk about the fact that WWE are now looking for guys like him to be the future of the company and, whilst he stated that he wasn't taking any credit for anyone else's success, he did talk about how hard he worked to prove he should be there.
As such the WWE are now allowing the likes of Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and Dean Ambrose onto the roster, guys they would not have hired perhaps 10 years ago.
Whilst there is no doubt in anyones mind that CM Punk definitely left a legacy in WWE, it seems there were always smaller men than him even before he came to the company.
Rey Mysterio was World Heavyweight Champion in 2006, the same year CM Punk made his ECW debut, this means WWE knew smaller guys could put in the work and lead the company before he stepped up to the main roster.
Edge was also the same build as CM Punk as was Jeff Hardy and both are former World Champions. WWE has always looked at the independent scene, that is how they found CM Punk so it isn't fair for him to take credit for changing the business.
He will go down in history as the longest reigning World Champion and the self proclaimed "Best in the World" (sadly we we never be able to test that theory in a WWE ring again), but CM Punk is aiming to make his UFC debut in December this year or January 2016 so it will be interesting to see if he can become the Best in the World in UFC as well.
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