CM Punk: What If the Former WWE Champion Never Returns to the Company?
CM Punk hasn’t been seen on WWE television since the April 15 edition of Raw, and there is a possibility fans will never see him in the ring again.
Punk has had a tumultuous relationship with the WWE since the company first hired him. As Paul Heyman has said in the past, WWE didn’t know how to use CM Punk correctly. It was Punk’s famous pipebomb that revealed his true feelings about the company. The WWE Universe loved him for his honesty because a lot of fans felt the same way.
Punk recently tweeted that he hates wrestling.
And there you have it. I hate wrestling.— CM Punk (@CMPunk) May 26, 2013
While I don’t believe he actually hates wrestling, he may have had enough with World Wrestling Entertainment. In a report by Nick Paglino of WrestleZone, the company would like Punk back for the June pay-per-view known as Payback. Again, that is what the company wants.
This prompted a question: What if Punk never makes a return to the WWE? Has he accomplished all there is to accomplish in the company?
After Punk rose to the top of the independent scene, he signed with WWE and did the same. He started in developmental, was promoted to the ECW brand and won Money in the Bank at WrestleMania 24. He won the briefcase two years in a row, actually—the only Superstar to accomplish this feat. He’s been World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, ECW, tag team and, of course, WWE champion.
It was that last WWE title reign that propelled Punk into a future Hall of Famer. His 434-day reign as champion is the longest in 25 years.
So, what else does Punk have to achieve in the WWE?
He tried to end the streak of The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. His loss to The Phenom suggests that no one will ever break the 21-0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Punk made a good argument for being the one to end the streak. He was the top heel at the time and already broke one record in 2013.
The only accomplishment Punk has yet to realize is winning the Royal Rumble match. However, it is unnecessary to stay in a company just for that reason.
At the same time, who is there for Punk to feud with? He has fought John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H and many others. The only one left who is big enough to cause Punk to return to WWE is Brock Lesnar.
Again, is a feud with Lesnar enough to convince Punk to come back?
There is potential for Lesnar and Punk to team up to form a new Two-Man Power Trip, like Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H.
There is also a possibility that they could feud with each other, as Heyman would turn on Punk. However, Heyman and Punk are two of the best heels in WWE history. It’s hard to imagine them feuding with one another after all Heyman did for Punk. Then again, Heyman could argue that he made Punk.
If Punk decides to return next month or in the near future, the Royal Rumble match and some sort of relationship with Lesnar are vital.
If he doesn’t, and is never seen on WWE TV or PPV again, he would still have achieved more than most wrestlers can ever dream of accomplishing. He can continue to attend sporting events and spend time with friends until he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
What do you think of the possibility of CM Punk never returning to the WWE? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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