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