Its been a long time since we have seen CM Punk in a professional wrestling ring.
Punk started off with WWE back in 2005 where he had a tremendously successful career that included an ECW Championship, three World Heavyweight Title reigns, two WWE Championship wins, an Intercontinental Title win, and a Tag Team Title win with Kofi Kingston. He also won back-to-back Money In The Bank Ladder Matches in both 2008 and 2009. In January of 2014 he had a falling out with the WWE and walked out on the company before being handed his official walking papers on his wedding day later that year.
Soon after, Punk signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and begun his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Despite dedicating two years of his life to training, he suffered a first round submission loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 last September. Although he did lose the fight badly, Punk still aspires to continue fighting and claims he doesn't miss the professional wrestling world.
Recently, former WWE Superstar and current Ring Of Honor (ROH) star Bully Ray (a.k.a. Bubba Ray Dudley) did an interview with Metro to talk about a variety of professional wrestling topics, and touched on Punk in particular. Ray explained why he believes Punk should return to his old stomping grounds of ROH rather than WWE (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"I don't know CM Punk on a personal level, we've met two or three times and exchanged pleasantries and had small conversations. I do believe we have a mutual respect for one another, and I understand the kind of guy CM Punk is.
"I hope that he does step back into a wrestling ring one day, and I hope that ring is ROH. CM Punk obviously did not have a great relationship with WWE, who left a horrible taste in his mouth. He has been extremely verbal about that, so I don't know why he would ever go back there.
"I do understand to go back for the money, but I'm not sure that he needs the money or he would want the aggravation or the headache of going back there.
"CM Punk could do more for the wrestling world by coming back home to ROH than going back to WWE. Because what is there for him to do at WWE? There's really not much left, and he's going to have to do it their way.
"So if he needs for his ego to work the last match at Wrestlemania, then great, but I think he's worth so much more to the wrestling world by breathing life into the business by going back to a company like ROH. If he shows up in ROH, the entire wrestling world will be buzzing about in a positive way.
"If he goes back to WWE, yeah people will be talking about it, but it's also like, hey you said you were never going back, but now you're back."
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