On this day seven years ago, CM Punk left WWE.
There are still some questions about how he exited, but we will get to that later. For now, let’s just focus on the anniversary date. It was January 27th, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The day after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event, CM Punk was officially fed up. He finally had enough and had a straight to the point heart to heart with Vince McMahon, with Triple H also in the room – by Punk’s request. Here is the basic version in his own words:
Truth be told, I had not even remembered this. However, after seeing a headline about CM Punk commenting on the anniversary, it motivated me to write this all down real quick. Yes, Punk tweeted ‘happy anniversary to me.’ I would post his exact tweet, but he blocked me on there ages ago. Thus, take my word for it. Punk mentioning his ‘walk out’ from seven years ago is weird in and of itself. However, it was absolutely a MAJOR story in the professional wrestling world.
With that out of the way, here are my quick thoughts on this entire ordeal, even though I wrote about this ad nauseum in 2014 multiple times.
First off, I don’t know if I would tweet a seven year anniversary of something that carried such a negative/hateful tone. Seems a little off. Then again, anytime you see a tweet from Punk about WWE, it is typically negative and with sarcasm. Thus, this is just par the course for him, especially on the heels of Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV event.
Secondly, Punk has maintained that he didn’t quit that day, despite him ripping Vince and HHH a new one and then leaving the building before the RAW taping – to never return again. If we want to split hairs, he is right. He was simply given a two month suspension; I believe it was called a sabbatical by the company at the time. Everything was kept quiet for at least a little while. It wasn’t until months later the full details began to leak out. All we knew for the first few months of 2014 was that Punk was frustrated and left WWE, with no notice.
He later mocked fans for saying he was a ‘quieter’ on Twitter. Yes, he is big on grammar I guess.
Again, splitting hairs, after sitting at home for the next couple of months, WWE formally ‘fired’ him. Fine. He was fired and didn’t quit. You can call it that all you want. The dude, in his own words, says he got his crap and left the arena telling them he was done with all their BS. Whatever side of the coin you are on, Punk has not returned to a WWE ring, inside a WWE building since that day seven years ago. He was hired by FOX to be a talking head on their WWE Backstage program, but that has since been off the air and obviously never led to more of a relationship with WWE. That was strictly a FOX deal.
What say you folks? Does this anniversary date bring up any memories? Have you moved on? Any CM Punk thoughts in 2021? Let me know…
By Justin Watry
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