"I'm hung up on going on last, being the main event on WrestleMania. There's all sorts of people who will tell you 'You're wrestling the Undertaker and maybe that's bigger than the title, bigger than going on last and there's a difference between the main event and the last match.' It's just been ingrained into me. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be in the main event at WrestleMania."
The Straight-Edge Superstar tends to be more honest than most when answering interviewers, and it is clear to see here that he is still disappointed not to be in the main event of WrestleMania.
His reign of 434 days as champion would have guaranteed anyone else in WWE history that final spot.
However, The Rock’s return from a prolonged absence, and the blockbuster nature of a match between him and John Cena was always going to push Punk out of the limelight. Other returning talents like Triple H and The Undertaker also overshadowed Punk at last year's event.
Unquestionably, Punk has been penalized for being a prominent full-time wrestler in an era where part-time heroes from yesteryear are prevalent.
The other thing this reaffirms to the WWE audience is how much Punk really cares about professional wrestling. Many others would be delighted to be taking on the streak and earning the good payday that WrestleMania provides to all athletes who compete in it.
Headlining WrestleMania obviously means much more to Punk than the money and fame.
He clearly states that going on last at the WWE’s biggest show is a childhood dream. This lifelong passion has gotten Punk to the top despite being undersized compared to the traditional bodybuilder shape favored by Vince McMahon.
Face or heel, Punk will always be an icon to many dedicated WWE fans as his love for the sport equals, or even exceeds, their own.