CM Punk was one of the best overall performers in World Wrestling Entertainment when he decided that he was finished working for the company for a variety of reasons early on in 2014. Punk then waited until Thanksgiving weekend of last year to explain why he made that choice, and he in turn made the Art of Wrestling podcast the hottest thing in the business for a period of time. The “Straightedge Superstar” has since stated on numerous occasions that he is retired as a pro wrestler, and he has also put pen to paper on a deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Punk is scheduled to make his UFC debut at some point in 2015.
Retirements in the wrestling world are about as concrete as are verbal agreements with a political official. History has shown that performers cannot, for one reason or another, help but make dramatic returns to the ring for at least a single match. Ric Flair was back at it not too long after he lost what was supposed to be a retirement match to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV. Terry Funk having retirement contests has become somewhat of a running joke, and Funk is still technically a semi-active wrestler despite the fact that he will turn 71 years old in June of this year.
Punk is unlike many noteworthy cases in the wrestling business in that he has, by all accounts, done well to save up his money and also make wise business decisions. He should not, moving forward, need to sign one final massive contract with the WWE to make returning to the industry worth his while. That does not, however, mean that Punk could not be convinced to once again perform for the company were the right deal to come along. Truth be told, it seems just about inevitable that we will see Punk inside of a WWE ring at some point over the next couple of years.
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9 No Fight Camps
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7 UFC Defections
The WWE showed during the spring of 2015 that the company is willing to go toe-to-toe with the UFC as it pertains to contract negotiations when the wrestling federation locked Brock Lesnar up to a deal that ended Lesnar's mixed martial arts career. Punk likely would not make as much money as Lesnar would upon returning to the WWE, but it is not out of the question that the WWE would make it financially worth his while were Punk to give it one more go in wrestling. Punk may be financially secure, but another seven figures in his name would certainly be nice to have.
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