CM Punk is back in the pro wrestling world after seven years away from the business. He left with some sour grapes, but the reception he received was an amazing one upon his return. That didn’t help his body prepare for the struggle.
While speaking to The Wrap, CM Punk was asked how it felt to get back in the ring after so long without taking bumps. He obviously appreciates the fan reception to his return, but the pain from in-ring activity is real. He had to admit that at 42-years-old he feels like trash.
“Oh, I feel like trash, I’ll be honest,” CM Punk said. “I’m 42 years old and I haven’t taken bumps in seven-plus years. I think there’s something to building up a callus, to something you do on a regular basis becoming easier because you do it on a regular basis. I think a lot of wrestlers are feeling this right now. The pandemic, when it shut everything down and it essentially killed house-show business — they’re not on the road, they’re not taking bumps Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday — I think everybody kind of felt this awfulness of ‘Oh man, I’m wrestling less-frequently than I used to,’ (but) it feels worse somehow.”
CM Punk is wrestling far more often than some thought. He also made Rampage his favorite program to compete on at this point. That makes sense considering the fact that he also made his big return to pro wrestling on that AEW Friday night show. Hopefully, CM Punk will get used to the feeling of wrestling again, but that won’t take the pain away.
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