CM Punk has single handedly created two of the biggest unanswered questions in sports entertainment since his WWE departure.
Firstly, will CM Punk ever return to the squared circle? but arguably the more important question, is will he ever actually debut in UFC?
Never ending story
Since his retirement in 2014, professional wrestling fans the world over have mourned the loss of one of the industries’ biggest talents, none more so than the WWE Universe.
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It seems like only yesterday when Punk was wowing crowds all across the world under Vince McMahon’s brand.
Undoubtedly a messiah to fans- Punk’s in-ring talent and ground breaking microphone skills propelled the Chicago wrestler into superstardom.
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But like most good things, this inevitably came to an abrupt end when Punk walked out on the company in 2014.
If his run in UFC proves unsuccessful, where could we see Punk ply his trade in the future?
A new path
He could return to Ring of Honor- a promotion that nurtured Punk at a very adolescent age.
Or he could follow in the footsteps of those before him like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin and return to the WWE having left on more than sour terms.
But there could be one alternative which could well and truly shake the world of professional wrestling to its core.
CM Punk had a timid relationship with TNA, having only wrestled with them for a brief few months before leaving the promotion following a scandal that tarnished a blossoming connection between Ring of Honor and TNA.
The two promotion’s talent-sharing bond crumbled after the Rob Feinstein controversy.
Punk’s wish to wrestle for both promotions was not granted, a rejection that forced Punk to turn his back on TNA.
We can't rule out that this former partnership might not be reinstated if Punk was to be given the push from the UFC.
After all, returning back to the WWE would be everything that Punk stands against, so what if TNA were to make the Straight Edge star an offer he simply cannot refuse.
Well, it makes sense for both parties.
A lucrative deal wouldn’t tempt Punk back into the squared circle, I highly doubt finances are an issue for him at this present time.
But the idea of going back to the WWE is probably unthinkable for him.
Who couldn’t forget that juicy pipe-bomb he dropped on Monday Night Raw all those years back about the WWE, stating that the company would run better if Vince McMahon was dead.
To say that there is a lot of bad blood between Phillip Brooks and the chairman of the board would be an understatement.
Punk was sent his severance cheque on the day of his wedding- an incident that Mr McMahon has forcefully claimed as an accident.
Combined with a mountain of injuries that Punk has picked up over the years of selling his body for the WWE- you would think that a return to WWE would be the last thing on his mind.
For TNA- it’s a move that realistically needs to be made. WWE’s roster at the moment is spilling over with huge names and massive talent that has made them the strongest they’ve looked in years.
But a big name signing in Punk would turn a lot of heads and, in the process, steal a lot of viewers.
A broken relationship
After disputes over talent bookings and failure to acknowledge injuries, the hot mess that was the Punk/McMahon relationship ended, breaking hearts across the WWE universe.
But one companies loss was another ones gain and in December 2014, Punk stunned the sporting world when he put pen to paper on a contract with the UFC.
It’s no shock that a professional wrestler has made the transition from squared circle to the octagon- just ask Brock Lesnar and Batista.
With his debut fight booked for 2015, anticipation grew to unprecedented levels over the debut of one of wrestling’s most controversial stars.
Punk, whose real name is Phillip Brooks, signed a multi-fight contract with UFC president Dana White - although he is yet to enter the octagon.
Injuries have tormented Punk since his introduction to the mixed martial arts scene and it’s no surprise.
He has spent the best part of the last ten years touring the world and competing in front of thousands of fans every night, the body can only take so much before it starts to feel the effects.
And to make matters worse for the ‘Straight Edge’ star, reports surfaced recently that Punk has failed to win any of his training fights.
If these reports are true, then Punk could be faced with a very awkward dilemma. If he’s not cut out for the Octagon then his contract will be cut prematurely, sending the former WWE Champion back to square one since his departure from World Wrestling Entertainment in 2014.
So it begs the question- where does Punk go from there?
There are obvious ways of getting back into MMA by fighting for smaller promotions. The UFC is the equivalent to Mecca to MMA fans worldwide, so success and indeed failure is judged upon by millions of fans.
The community of pro wrestling have and will just have to keep twiddling their thumbs in anticipation for Punk’s potential return or a UFC debut.
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