Former WWE Champion CM Punk Says He Doesn’t Watch Current Pro-Wrestling Product

Published 04/17/2021, 11:23 AM EDT


CM Punk is a name that never dies out in WWE, be it on social media or even live at WrestleMania 37. Even though it has been a long time since his WWE departure, Punk remains a hot topic in the world of professional wrestling and will continue to be one.

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Despite his strong ties to the sport, ‘The Best in the World’ has no desire to return and is now committed to his next venture as an actor. However, as a former star, one would expect Punk to keeps tabs on what’s going on in WWE, but it seems he has turned his back completely on that part of his career. 

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)

“I do not [currently watch wrestling],” Punk admitted, speaking to Bleacher Report. “Whatever I know, I know strictly off of social media just because it’s huge on social media. If someone does something relatively newsworthy, it’s in the feed, so I’ll keep up with it that way. I talk to Renee [Young], is she in the business? I don’t even know anymore.”

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Punk revealed that the only time he turned back into WWE and its shows was during his time at WWE Backstage, hosted by Renee Young. The former WWE Champion added that he needed to form an opinion on the product then, which is the only reason he updated himself on the product. 

CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 13: MMA fighter and former WWE champion, CM Punk, and wife WWE wrestler AJ Lee, celebrate after the Chicago Blackhawks scored against the New Jersey Devils in the third period during the NHL game at the United Center on February 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

CM Punk followed WWE as long as AJ Lee was active

CM Punk continued following WWE after his departure because his wife AJ Lee was still the Divas Champion. However, her tenure ended shortly after his departure. 

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‘CM Punk’ Brooks (R) with wife AJ Lee (L) attends UFC 182 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

AJ Lee left WWE in 2015, a year after Punk did the same, and he hasn’t really kept up since then.

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“I watched my wife’s stuff the year after I was already gone when she was wrapping up,” he revealed. “But I watched WWE television for the first time in six, seven years to be able to formulate an opinion for Backstage.”

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Now that Backstage is back, we will see a lot more of CM Punk and learn a lot more about his life and its developments. Other than that, it looks like ‘The Best in the World’ is happy with the way things are and is settling in his new career trajectory. We will have to deal with the fact that he may never step into the WWE ring again. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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