Fans are still chanting for CM Punk at WWE events.
Samoa Joe took exception to this chant during a recent WWE event. Since joining the company, Joe has made a big impact on the landscape of the WWE.
For several years, fans wanted to see Joe sign with WWE following his success in Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor. Finally, he signed with the company in 2015. However, instead of being placed on the main roster right away like many fans thought would happen, WWE decided to place him in NXT. He was in NXT for nearly two years.
When Joe first signed with WWE and was placed in NXT, he was a babyface as he feuded with Baron Corbin. He later turned heel when he attacked Finn Balor following the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament.
He would go to win the WWE NXT Title. He was in NXT for nearly two years. He was later called up to the main roster. On the January 30, 2017, episode of Raw, Joe made his official main roster debut by attacking Seth Rollins from behind and aligning himself with Triple H.
As seen on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Manchester, England at the Manchester Arena on the USA Network, Joe battled former Universal Champion Finn Balor in a singles match. During the match, fans started chanting for CM Punk and Joe had a great reaction to it, as seen below.
Punk was the biggest Superstar that WWE had in the last decade aside from John Cena. Keep in mind that Punk was not always WWE’s first pick as the face of the company. His rise through the ranks in the company came out of spite, to say the least.
It’s well known as it has been reported and documented that WWE wanted to fire him while he was in the company’s developmental brand at the time, Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was booked by former ECW owner Paul Heyman.
Even though the company wanted to get rid of him, Heyman denied their request and later called him up to the main roster when WWE relaunched the ECW brand.
Punk’s career took off, and he would later hold several championships including the WWE Title. However, after dealing with injuries and not wanting to wrestle anymore, Punk decided to walk out of the company on the Monday following the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event in 2014.
With his pro wrestling career over with, for the time being, he put his sights on his next goal, which would be to an MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter in the UFC.
However, he did not have a great debut as in 2016 he went up against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio. Punk got embarrassed in the fight as he was easily taken down and submitted in the first round.
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