The retirement of former WWE star CM Punk continues to stir conversation in the world of pro wrestling. Punk’s former manager recently spoke on the subject and while he was not surprised at Punk’s retirement, he is surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
[adinserter block=”1″]Paul Heyman continues to be the only person who is close enough to Punk to give any real insight as to why the former champion walked out several weeks before WrestleMania. Many in and out of the industry continue to ponder and offer their opinions, but Heyman is one of the few offering up first-hand details of the sudden sabbatical.
Heyman recently appeared on his former ECW employee Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast to discuss a variety of issues in a lengthy, yet highly entertaining interview. One of the many topics discussed was CM Punk and according to Heyman, the biggest surprise was how long it took for Punk to grab his ball and go home.
“He was unhappy. He had enough. He couldn’t take it anymore… A year before he walked these was daily conversations of, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to take this. I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to be here. I don’t know how much longer it’s going to be before I just decide to go home.’ I’m surprised it lasted that long…
Every day with him was an exercise in him finding the balance to simply continue on and find the passion he needed that he to do it. And I think what happened was he walked in the day after the Royal Rumble and he couldn’t find that passion. He couldn’t convince himself or persuade himself, ‘OK, whether I’m happy or not this is about the performance, my legacy. It’s about I take pride in what I do. And whether I’m happy or unhappy when I go out there I’m going to be the best CM Punk I can be.’ And I think somewhere during that day he couldn’t find that.”
As logical as this reasoning is, it blows up many of the fictitious conspiracy theories that have been floated out on the Internet as fact. If you were to believe Heyman, and why would he have any reason to lie here, the theories about Punk being upset about Batista coming back, his spot at WrestleMania, his impending match with Triple H, Daniel Bryan’s push, and injuries are all nothing by hyperbole and conjecture.
I don’t think it is fair for anyone that unhappy with their job to stay there when they have the security to leave. However, I still find fault in the way he left. Plenty of guys put him over the last few weeks before he quit as well. I find it unprofessional, especially if you knew you were going to walk at some point, to not repay the favor to those guys and the company in return for all of the guys that put him over on the way up. The least he could have done was give the Shield back a win the night he left on RAW or anyone for that matter.
A lot of people in the industry still can’t fathom the amount of money that Punk has left on the table. Many predict that money will drive him back to the WWE at some point. Quite frankly he appears to be a pretty disciplined guy and I wouldn’t be surprised at this point if you never saw him in a WWE ring. That isn’t to say he won’t pop up somewhere and have a match here and there for fun. I just think his days of dealing with the day-to-day politics that come with being a top guy in the WWE are over.
[adinserter block=”2″]The entire interview is fantastic. Edge sits in on the podcast and it is more like a conversation between three friends as opposed to a straight interview. Heyman also talks about coming back with Brock Lesnar, being asked to fire CM Punk, ECW, and more. Check out the entire podcast here!
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