CM Punk at WWE Royal Rumble: All His Achievements So Far

Published 01/14/2021, 10:17 AM EST
CM PUNK – 25.09.2009 – WWE Smackdown et ECW Live Tour – Palais Nikaia de Nice, (Photo : Icon Sport via Getty Images)


Although CM Punk has left WWE six years ago, fans still wish for his return. While the Royal Rumble is known for its highly unpredictable entrants, could the ‘best in the world’ come back?

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Ironically, he left the company at Royal Rumble in 2014. He made his debut in the reputed Battle Royale in 2007 as part of the ECW brand. His edgy attitude made him popular among fans, but WWE refused to recognize him.

In one instance, Punk revealed he was going to win the Battle Royale in 2008. “I was supposed to win that Royal Rumble,” said Punk. But that match has changed all thanks to John Cena.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 16: WWE Superstar CM Punk attends the WWE SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 16, 2012, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For WWE)

In October 2007, John Cena suffered from an injury and was supposed to miss Rumble. According to CM Punk, he was chosen to win the match and main event 2008’s WrestleMania.

However, Cena came back in three months and won the 2008 Royal Rumble. After this instance, Punk made a minimal impact in Rumble matches and did not take part in the Battle Royale after 2011.

In his last WWE appearance, he entered the Battle Royale at number 1. He survived the longest time but was eliminated by Kane who came at number 27. One year ago, at Royal Rumble 2013, he had lost his WWE title at 434 days.

CM Punk got fired on his wedding day

Punk’s bitterness with the company is well understood. Multiple sources say Punk got fired on his wedding day on June 13, 2014. Even before the ultimate end, he was truly unhappy with WWE taking him for granted.

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CM Punk’s close associate Paul Heyman once said the following“He was unhappy. He had enough. He couldn’t take it anymore, and it wasn’t a slow build. A year before he walked, there were daily conversations of ‘I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to take this. I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be here.'” 

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

The unhappiness coupled with Punk’s failing health led him to walk out of WWE. Post that, he came back as an analyst on Fox Network but never in the squared circle.

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Considering Punk’s animosity towards WWE, his comeback is highly unlikely. However, it won’t hurt to dream.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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