A month ago, former WWE star CM Punk made his disappointing debut in MMA fighting at UFC 203, which ultimately resulted in a first-round loss to Mickey Gall in their welterweight match. Despite the loss, CM Punk vowed that he would return to the Octagon, although the UFC openly thinks that his MMA career is done.
“He probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC,” Dana White said, referencing to Punk in September. “Just like I said with Brock, having your first fight in the UFC is tough and you (saw) tonight, even if it’s against a guy who is 2-0. This is a tough place to learn.”
So, if the UFC president’s words ring true with Punk, could a WWE return be possible?
According to some sources, it could. Though Punk also has the option of joining other fight promotion companies like Bellator, a WWE return only makes sense because of his established star power in the wrestling company.
Legal issues keeping CM Punk from WWE return?
Although, there is still the matter of Punk’s ugly exit from the WWE, wherein the former champ is expected to pursue a legal battle with his former employer. That, and the recent comments of Dave Meltzer on a CM Punk return.
“The thing with Punk is that, according to those close to Punk, he would see going back to WWE as a loss in life,” shared Meltzer in Wrestling Observer Newsletter. “Where Goldberg was just a businessman who had hard feelings about the past but would have no trouble letting them go if it was the right business.”
Sources also indicate that the WWE seems to have already found their “replacement” for CM Punk in newly signed Tommy End. Despite being his own character, End has distinct characteristics that could, at the very least, be comparable to Punk. The only glaring difference is, End has a strong martial arts background, having studied its since he was a young boy.
Something Punk could have used at UFC 203.
Will CM Punk make a WWE return? At present, it seems very unlikely, but from the looks of things the same goes for his UFC career.
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