Former WWE superstar CM Punk had much to say, and he opted to make his post-WWE address (Hi Colt Cabana) on his friend’s, Colt Cabana’s podcast, “The art of WRESTLING,” which aired Thanksgiving night.
To say the reason the podcast aired Thanksgiving manifested because Punk felt thankful for his time with the sports entertainment conglomerate...well then, let’s just say the podcast aired Thursday night.
Punk discussed his departure from WWE -- why he left, injuries, WWE’s medical team, Ryback, independent contractors and unionization, TNA and more.
They are his thoughts. One side of a story.
Punk noted at the beginning he could have accepted a lucrative offer to do a shoot interview, but he did not want to do it for money. He also said he didn’t want to sound like an old timer, saying he paved the way for others. He was happy for others who succeeded.
Punk wanted to tell his story and how it unfolded.
Punk said on the podcast: “I’m going to try and do it in a positive and non-bitter way as [much as] I possibly can, because, and here’s a news flash for you, ladies and gentlemen, it’s OK to be bitter about stuff. You have to eventually work through it and get over it, which is something that I’ve done...There are a few bright spots...There’s a few things that still get me to this day...I don’t want it to be, ‘Let’s just talk [expletive] %^&* and bash WWE.’
“Whenever they had me backed into a corner, I know I wasn’t the easiest guy to deal with. I know I wasn’t the nicest guy to deal with.
“I’m [expletive] the happiest I’ve been in at least three years, legitimately. I find these other things that have made me happy, and I thought this thing that I thought I loved, it just made me so miserable. All the time, it made me miserable. The black and the white of it, when you boil it all down, the essence of it was I was miserable. I was unhappy. [Expletive] it. I made myself happy. I left... It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it was a long time coming.”
Therapeutic in one respect, open in another, I’m sure his fans enjoyed the podcast as well as those who despise WWE (just read the comments from people on Twitter), but in the short term, is a 1 hour 45 minute expressive session more important than 10, 15 years in the business; 15, 20 years with the business? Maybe for Punk it is.
Even when Stone Cold Steve Austin, frustrated on his direction with WWE, took his ball and went home, he later returned. The difference between then and now. Jim Ross, Austin’s friend, worked for WWE in a talent relations capacity, and he helped smooth things.
Jim Ross is not there anymore. So who is the bridge these days between angst and company?
Paul Triple H Levesque did wonders to mend fences with Ultimate Warrior and even Bruno Sammartino. That took time. Can anyone in WWE reach Punk? I don’t think so. My opinion, he sounds too happy, and it’s just too soon.
Punk built a strong allegiance of fans in WWE, and his merchandise sold very well.
He did not main event a WrestleMania.
Would things be different today if Punk main evented a WrestleMania and received a top level payday for doing so? Was main eventing WrestleMania a dream of his? If so, why give-up on that dream? At age 36, there was time. There is time.
Did the backstage politics swallow the desire?
Cabana and Punk will team again for another session, which airs next week, and fans can now email questions to them at:
Cabana is a talented indie wrestler who does a good job with his weekly podcast, 226 episodes spanning more than four years and counting.
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