Only in wrestling could a retirement be all but confirmed by an instantly memeable red carpet rant, but CM Punk's "NEVER EVER EVER" wail when asked in 2014 if he'd be returning to WWE several months after his acrimonious departure reflected yet another significance severance of a once-financially fruitful relationship.
A podcast with Colt Cabana controversial enough to land both in hot water legally in the months that followed drove into the details, but his follow-on pursuit of UFC glory was halted by two damaging defeats in his maiden efforts. 'The Voice Of The Voiceless' was gone from the two large arms of combat sports/Sports Entertainment.
CM Punk: WWE Superstar really does appear retired for good, but that says nothing about the future of CM Punk: Pro Wrestler in the wake of the hugely successful All Elite Wrestling launch show Double Or Nothing. Their soft launch ALL IN hailed from Chicago, with Punk appearing for one signing the day before, but rumours haven't subsided about his involvement, not least if they want a Lex Luger moment for the debut edition of their live weekly show.
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Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.