By Andrew Pappas @AndrewPappas24 on July 21, 2014
CM Punk was one of the top WWE superstars. He has the wrestling world in the palm of his hands and was a fan favorite each and every week. But following a six month "sabbatical" (as Vince McMahon put it) after his abrupt walkout this past January, Punk has "officially" retired. I don't think this "official" retirement means forever, and here's why.
CM Punk has been in the industry since before 1999. He has left blood, sweat and tears in rings across the world. He may get a few decent gigs outside of the WWE-hosting events or TV shows, endorsement deals, etc., but nothing that can come even close to bringing out the passion Punk has that being back in the ring would. For lifers like Punk, performing in front of a tens of thousands of people is a thrill that can’t be replicated.
AJ Lee is WWE’s top female superstar. She is passionate about her craft, popular amongst the fans and in the locker room, and she is CM Punk’s wife. This could be a seriously compelling motive for Punk to return before too long. I can’t imagine having the business you love constantly in front of your face in the form of your wife, and not feeling the overwhelming urge to make a triumphant return.
It is no secret that the WWE is starving for stars right now. John Cena has been atop the mountain for over a decade, and superstars like Randy Orton and Batista have grown stale. Daniel Bryan is injured, which forced the WWE into a strong push of Roman Reigns. If Reigns does not exceed expectations, the WWE will come calling, and Punk will surely be waiting.
Unlike his daughter, Stephanie, or his son-in-law, Triple H, Vince McMahon has a friendly history with Punk. McMahon and Punk used to have a very personal relationship full of constant communication. Though they are not on speaking terms at the moment, McMahon has been known to put aside current personal vendettas for the good of the company (see: Stone Cold Steve Austin).
Punk self-proclaimed himself the best in the world, because he truly feels he is the best in the world. He left the company because he felt like they didn’t value him enough, but if the WWE came to Punk with a possible agreement to have him headline Wrestlemania, or give him a title push, Punk’s ego would surely drive him to do it.
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