The wrestling world was set ablaze when CM Punk made his shocking return to WWE at Survivor Series 2023, igniting a fiery feud with Seth Rollins. Rollins, known for his outspoken nature, didn’t hold back in expressing his feelings towards Punk’s comeback, sparking intense speculation among fans and pundits alike.

The tension between the two escalated in the following weeks, culminating in a heated verbal exchange during a WWE Raw segment. Punk, fueled by determination, set his sights on winning the Royal Rumble and challenging Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship. However, fate had other plans as Punk’s aspirations were dashed when he suffered debilitating torn triceps, derailing his journey to WrestleMania 40.

In a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Rollins provided insight into his perspective on the situation with Punk. Reflecting on the unexpected turn of events.

“A match against Punk, that was never on my radar. I believed I would never see that guy again. I thought that until I saw him at Survivor Series.”


Furthermore, Rollins delved into the unfolding narrative of WrestleMania 40, highlighting the return of wrestling icon The Rock and the fervent support garnered by Cody Rhodes from the fans. He expressed awe at the convergence of these events, envisioning a future where wrestling fans would reminisce about this extraordinary period in WWE history.

“We are living in one hell of a timeline. It’s crazy to think about all the people in WWE at the same time. The Rock is back, and all that’s happened with him and Cody and Cody’s fans, it is incredible and I’m still making sense of it. Years from now we’ll look back on this; it’s going to create a moment that lasts forever.”

In a parallel narrative, CM Punk recently disclosed his belief that the initial plan involved a showdown between him and Rollins. This revelation adds another layer of intrigue to the dynamic between the two superstars and leaves fans pondering what could have been.

As the wrestling world continues to buzz with speculation and analysis, one can’t help but wonder: How would the landscape of WrestleMania 40 have been altered if CM Punk’s path hadn’t been disrupted? What other unforeseen twists and turns await on the road to wrestling’s grandest stage? Share your thoughts and join the conversation in the comments below.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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