CM Punk left WWE after the Royal Rumble in 2014 after being frustrated with the company, leading him to walk out on it. Punk had made it clear that he never wanted to go back to pro wrestling but ultimately changed his mind after debuting in AEW back at AEW Rampage: The First Dance last year.

Before returning to professional wrestling, CM Punk ventured into the world of MMA. He competed in two fights during his short stint in the UFC, where he lost both in quick fashion. Many fans and UFC stars alike agree that CM Punk’s run in the UFC was simply not good.

While speaking on the DDP Snake Pit podcast, Diamond Dallas Page was asked whether CM Punk’s abysmal UFC run marred his professional wrestling return. DDP stated that he believes nobody cares about CM Punk’s UFC run as it did nothing to hamper his AEW debut.

“It couldn’t have been a bigger push. He had one of the most incredible, when I was one of the most incredible comebacks from the people. I mean the reaction. The reaction after seven years and after getting his butt kicked in UFC, you thought that might’ve knocked him down? No, nobody cares. Like, he’s CM Punk, they don’t care what happens. They respected him for giving it a shot, you know?


But you’ve got to be raised in that stuff to be a real contender, but he gave it a shot. But it didn’t hurt him at all, all it let people know is how hard a worker he is. What I love — I know him, but I don’t know him, know him, we know each other. But sometimes you see somebody you know ‘oh that’s whoever it is’. But they put the gimmick way on, and he became Ricky, he became that guy.”

CM Punk recently concluded his feud with MJF, with MJF beating him on last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite. It remains to be seen what is next in store for the Second City Saint.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes

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