I’m going to make a prediction that many of you WWE fans are going to roll your eyes at as if this was a known secret in the business…
It may not be immediate and it may come when we least expect it, but the “Voice of the Voiceless” will spout off again in a WWE ring in the future, much to the delight of fans across the globe.
An arc of sorts was created the other night when WWE Chairman Vince McMahon publicly apologized to Punk for being served with termination papers by the company on his wedding day. The wrestling mogul said he hopes there I still an opportunity to work with Phil Brooks, the man behind the Punk persona again.
“I would like to apologize,” McMahon said on a special episode of the Steve Austin Show on the WWE Network. “Sometimes in a big corporation, the legal people don’t necessarily know what talent relations are doing and conversely and Punk got his severance papers on the day he got married. And that was a coincidence. So, I want to personally apologize for that.”
It was the first time McMahon spoke publicly following CM Punk’s now infamous podcast interview last week where he torched the WWE for how he was treated during his time with the company. Considering CM Punk’s wife, AJ Lee, is still on the active roster, McMahon’s apology about the wedding snafu makes sense.
And yet, despite all of the damming comments and accusations, McMahon would still like to work with CM Punk one day.
“Other than that, the only thing I want to say about Punk is there have been a number of individuals in the past that have been disgruntled, said a lot of things about the organization and I’m not going to wash the dirty laundry in public. I don’t think there’s any reason for that. I think there are a lot of things he may say that he may regret one day in terms of looking back at it. But nonetheless, I hope that one day we will be able to get back together again.”
The reason for my optimism about a change of heart – although Punk has admitted time and time again about how happy he is to not be in a squared-circle, is the fact that wrestlers, regardless of the generation and the promotion, wrestlers return to the scene of the crime. Ric Flair returned to WCW, Bret Hart has reconciled with McMahon and is part of the WWE again. Hulk Hogan has made appearances within the company and helps to promote the WWE Network and marketing events. There are even reports that Kurt Angle is trying to decide between staying with TNA Wrestling and making a return to the company he got his big break with.
On Thanksgiving Day, Punk was quoted in a story on the Sporting News website as stating, “CM Punk had a lot to say about his final few years with the WWE when he opened up to Colt Cabana on the Art of Wrestling podcast. He talked about the injuries he was dealing with over the past few years, the money issues he had with the company and how it all built up to him walking out on the company this past January.”
I wonder if that all changed once Punk heard the conversation between McMahon and Steve Austin, one of the most rebellious faces the business has ever produced.
“They kept saying ‘your client is going to TNA, he’s going to TNA, and the brand is going to be ‘f*** WWE and this and this'”, said Punk. In an interview with Brian Fritz. “And my lawyer was like ‘I’ll tell you right now, my client is not going to TNA. He absolutely despises professional wrestling and he wants nothing to do with it. He says he’s never going to wrestle again.'”
While you can never-say-never in the wrestling business, Punk returning to the WWE is about as close as you can come. So despite the outcry from fans and chants at WWE shows, it’s not going to change anything.
Punk still appears determined to stick to his guns, but should the itch come back and McMahon remains open to the former WWE Champion returning, the door will always remain open, even if it is only cracked.