CM Punk did not get the MMA debut of his dreams last Saturday as he was soundly beaten by Mickey Gall at UFC 203 via submission.
Punk tapped out after offering little to no offence during the 2:14 of action, bringing a premature close to the debut that was two years in the making.
The very next night at WWE Backlash, Punk's former employers appeared to spoof his brief fight with the opening exchanges of the Dolph Ziggler and The Miz Intercontinental title match.
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Ziggler dominated the champion in the early going in nearly identical fashion to how Gall smothered Punk, and while it may just be coincidental, it was awfully similar.
Would Vince McMahon take the opportunity to take a dig at Punk - real name Phil Brooks - who left the company in controversial circumstances and is now engaged in a bitter lawsuit against him?
Who are we to make such a bold claim.
Still, one man who thoroughly enjoyed the performance was the man that inspired it, Gall.
The 24-year-old, 3-0 welterweight prospect told TMZ: "That's cool, man, It's an honour. I think it's not so much me but their feelings against him, so, I guess that's kinda crappy. But you know, hey, I loved it, it's cool man."
Gall would be correct: He has nothing to feel embarrassed about at all, nor would that be the WWE's intention.
That's still assuming this whole theory is even true.
Punk is now left to go away and lick his wounds and at 37-years-old, contemplate his next move.
The Voice of the Voiceless has received a lot of support for having the courage to step into the octagon, but whether that is grounds to put himself through it all again, only he can know.
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