CM Punk became famous all over the world thanks to his experience in WWE, which ended quite tumultuous in the summer of 2014. The champion from Chicago made himself loved by a large part of the public and divided public opinion with the his rebellious nature.
'The Straight Edge Superstar' left wrestling for several years after splitting from WWE, unsuccessfully trying his hand at mixed martial arts. Subsequently, Punk accepted Tony Khan's offer and debuted in All Elite Wrestling to the delight of the fans.
His run in AEW didn't last long, as Punk caused a backstage brawl at the end of the 'All Out' PPV and was suspended indefinitely. Some argue that the former WWE champion has nothing left to give, while others hope to see him again in WWE almost nine years after the last time.
In the latest edition of 'The Wrestling Time Machine' on Sportskeeda, Bill Apter recounted the events that led to the separation between CM Punk and WWE.
Bill Apter on CM Punk
“CM Punk was very frustrated at the time and didn't mind flaunting that anger in front of the world.
It wasn't a healthy thing for WWE. It was an attitude that did not benefit either the reputation of WWE or from a commercial point of view” – explained Bill Apter. “Punk became famous all over the world thanks to that rebellious character, but it takes two to be happy in this business.
The company has to adapt to what you are doing, but you also have to adapt to the needs of the company you work for. The two sides have not been able to find a compromise and the paths have divided” - he added. Bill also recalled the infamous 'pipe bomb': "At first, I thought it was just a ploy to propitiate a match between CM Punk and John Cena.
However, CM Punk's words were so intense and real that we all gasped. Punk's rebellious streak came out and that segment went down in history." AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill recently revealed that Punk helped her improve as a performer while she was still learning the basics.
"No one gave me instructions other than [Punk] to show me how to use a chair and I had to perform this on live TV," said Cargill. "I've lived real life and just because I didn't want to do this all of my life, or because I didn't put in the time, I refuse to let anybody look at me less than...
I refuse for anybody to treat me anything different because outside of these lines I'm a human freaking being and you're not going to treat me like anything else."