CM Punk has been out of the WWE for sometime, but in some ways it feels like he hasn't really left. Punk's popularity rocketed to an even higher level following his acrimonious exit in January, with the wrestler becoming one of the most searched sports entertainment stars in the world.
It has been heavily reported that CM Punk was burnt out and wanted to take time out of wrestling, while other reports suggest that Punk was dismayed at getting bumped for pay-per-views with part-time superstars swooping in and taking the limelight. Whatever you believe, superstar Chris Jericho gave his thoughts on the CM Punk saga on Tuesday and revealed that he has actually tried to contact the once indie darling of the WWE.
Punk has angered Jericho
CM Punk left WWE the day after Royal Rumble back in January after a major disagreement with Vince McMahon and WWE. Since then there have been an array of wrestlers that have offered their support to Punk, one of whom has been Chris Jericho.
Jericho revealed that out of the ring him and CM Punk have been friends for years, while in the ring he believes the two had great chemistry. But since Punk's decision to leave, Jericho says the two haven't even been in contact with Punk avoiding all calls, something which has angered Jericho.
Brutal comments from Jericho
"I don't know whether he is coming back. We used to talk quite often, and not just about wrestling," Jericho told Bryan Alvarez in a Wrestling Observe podcast.
"We have worked together multiple times over the years. We always had great chemistry and he was one of my favorite guys to work with.
"But since he left the WWE he has avoided me. I've never heard one peep or squeak from him since. I've reached out to him a couple of times, like 'hey I'm watching the class from 78', but no, nothing.
"That's his decision and that's kind of a drag. It's like I understand that professionally, but leaving your friends behind is a bit of a drag. I mean, I don't give a f*** if he wrestles or not."
Jericho took a different approach
CM Punk is not the first wrestler to fall out with the WWE and he won't be the last. Chris Jericho fell out of love with wresting as well back in 2005, but he revealed that he timed his decision so that he could let his contract simply run out rather than walk out of the company like Punk did back in January.
"I went through the same thing he did in 2005. I was burned out and did not want to wrestle. But the only thing is that I managed to time myself out because I knew my contract was coming up."
It remains to be seen whether or not Punk will return to WWE one day. But one thing's for sure, CM Punk is burning a lot of bridges right now.