CM Punk – Made of Teflon
Okay, he is not really made of teflon per se, but, let’s face it – it seems that everything in his life is or becomes somebody else’s problem.
To explain to you what I mean, let me start at his ‘peak’ at WWE…
CM Punk AKA Phillip Brooks became wildly popular due to his “Pipe Bombs” and his in ring performance.
THEN – 2014 hits. He loses to Kane at The Royal Rumble in January, the next night on RAW he doesn’t show up. The rumor is that that was the day he quit. The fact is its pure speculation as there is nothing ‘on record’.
Almost a month later, Vince McMahon states that Punk went on a “Sabbatical” and mentions nothing about anyone quitting or getting fired.
CM Punk marries AJ Lee on June 13, 2014. On the same day, Punk gets released by WWE for some mysterious unknown reason.
In November of that year, he goes on Colt Cabana’s Podcast, The Art of Wrestling, and they both say some questionable things about WWE and WWE Dr. Chris Amann (although his name wasn’t really mentioned.).
That following December, he announces he is joining the UFC.
(The fight itself wouldn’t happen until September of 2016.)
In February 2015, WWE Dr. Chris Amann, files a defamation lawsuit against #ColtCabana and CM Punk. At this time, according to Cabana, he informs Punk that he does not have the money to go thru with said lawsuit, according to Cabana, Punk assures Cabana via text message that he has him “100% covered”
Also in February, he starts to become a regular writer and co-writer of comic books.
He co-wrote ‘Thor Annual #1’ for Marvel comics, and bounced in-between titles for Marvel and DC.
In March that same year, his Wife, AJ Lee, would leave WWE.
At this point, Punk has roughly 18 months to train for his UFC debut and is assumed he had been training for the past 3 months.
From this time to #UFC 203, only bits and pieces about CM Punk surface in the news. An interview here and there, etc.
Finally, UFC 203 comes…and goes.
After roughly 21 months of presumed training for this fight, at UFC 203, Mickey Gall defeats CM Punk 2:10 minutes in the first round via submission. It was sad.
Afterwards, Punk put on a strong face and made several statements about how it was a learning experience for him and praised Gall for his sportsmanship.
People were in shock and the blitzkrieg of speculation about Punk returning to WWE is everywhere.
He lost his first fight so people assumed he would turn tail and run home to #WWE…
Mind you, during this time, he and Cabana are still dealing with the Amann lawsuit and Punk is trying to make a name for himself as a comic book writer. He is making miscellaneous appearances here and there; at comic book conventions, etc.
Dana White states that Punk will fight again in the UFC, but, does not give a date.
The details of 2016/17 are vague. During that time, he continues to write, continues the lawsuit with Cabana and Amann, he and his Wife make an appearance in a documentary on punk rock and he even tries his hand at a reality TV show called, ‘The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros’.
In April of 2017, his Wife, #AJLee, comes out with her memoir, ‘Crazy is My Superpower’ and she makes appearances and tours for the book.
Flash forward to 2018
On Tuesday June 5, 2018, just 4 days before UFC 225, Punk and Cabana win the civil lawsuit against Dr. Chris Amann. The actual trial started in late May and lasted roughly a week.
UFC 225 comes and is again, a total let down. Jackson played with Punk the way a cat plays with a dying mouse. Jackson was criticized from all sides of the sports community for not ending it sooner than he did.
I wrote about UFC 225 and you can read that article HERE
In January of 2018, Cody Rhodes, formerly of WWE and The Young Bucks announced a new idea for a pay per view called, ‘All-In’ and it would be held in Chicago, Illinois in September.
Automatically, the speculation about CM Punk showing up at the wrestling event ‘All-In’ spread like wild fire, as Chicago is Punk’s hometown. Fans became hopeful that they’d see CM Punk in the squared circle yet again.
And again, CM Punk makes some appearances, etc. and nothing really happens until August of 2018
Colt Cabana files a lawsuit against CM Punk.
Cabana states that he is suing Punk, alleging breach of contract and fraud in regards to the finances promised to him by Punk during the Amann lawsuit.
According to Cabana, he informed Punk of his financial situation (or lack thereof) and Punk told him via text message he had him, “100% covered” but, when Cabana tried to get the money from Punk, Punk allegedly told Cabana, “You are on your own.”
In an e-mail sent to Cabana from Punk, Punk allegedly said the following:
“My outstanding current bill is a t least 300k. Half of all this is yours. Divide the 513,736 by 2 and that is what you owe me and what I expect you to pay me. Starting now I will no longer be paying your bills. You are on your own. Whatever my bill is currently, will be cut in half, and half will be yours. If you choose to make this all ugly, that’s fine too. I hope you won’t, but I gave up on you doing what is right a long time ago.”
As always, we here at Rumbling Rumors will keep you posted on this lawsuit as it progresses.
Now, as of September, Punk isn’t doing much better.
During the All-In weekend, Punk WAS making appearances in Chicago, but, he was at an event called, Pro Wrestling Tees, he signed some autographs and took pictures, etc.
BUT – no appearance at All-In.
MMA fighter and pro-wrestler, #ScorpioSky, thought that CM Punk was cutting off his nose to spite his face:
Punk could have easily just made an appearance at All-In, but he didn’t even do that.
He recently spoke to 411 Mania, and went on about how he is appearing in a remake of the cult classic ‘Rabid’ and how he didn’t have time for anything (You can read that interview HERE)
He also talked about returning to comic book writing and the UFC.
Punk has become the equivalent to a used car salesman, he seems to be like teflon in the respect that nothing sticks to him.
He had a year and a half to train for UFC 203, and he lost in almost 2 minutes flat.
If in fact he made those promises to Colt Cabana, he should have kept them. (and with Colt saying he has the text; it is pretty hard to deny.)
In fact, in an interview he did directly after the verdict was handed down, he told interviewer, Steven Muehlhausen, that:
“I’m happy for Colt Cabana, ya know, my friend Scott first and foremost…”
and then went on to say,
“I’ll always protect my friends and family before me.”
Those statements don’t really seem to jive with the e-mail he sent to Cabana – Do they?
Lastly, #CMPunk didn’t even have to wrestle at #AllIn. He could have just shown up, shake some hands, take some pics with some fans and some wrestlers and his fans would have been in heaven because of it.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but, I regard myself as a FORMER CM Punk fan.
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CM Punk – UFC Announcement:
Dr. Chris Amann Lawsuit:
UFC 203 – Punk Vs. Gall:
Punk & Cabana Win Lawsuit:
UFC 225 – Punk Vs. Jackson:
AJ Lee’s Book Website:
Colt & Punk Lawsuit & E-mail Exchange:
Scorpio Sky Comment:
411 Mania Interview:
Steven Muehlhausen Interview: