“His Business Tactics Weren’t the Best”- Former ROH Owner Reveals CM Punk’s Interest in Buying the Pro Wrestling Promotion

Published 12/24/2020, 10:03 AM EST


CM Punk has been constantly involved in the news one way or another. His work is renowned throughout the wrestling and MMA worlds, but things just got more interesting for the star.

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In a recent interview on the ROH Strong Podcast, former ROH owner Cary Silkin revealed that ‘The Best in the World’ was actually interested in buying the company back in 2010! 

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)

Silkin was looking to sell ROH at the time due to financial constraints plaguing the company. Punk was more than happy to have a foot in the interest pool. 

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“I get a text message in like 2010. CM Punk texts me out of nowhere and is like, ‘What would you want to sell Ring of Honor?’ I’ve hustled tickets on the street and have had a somewhat successful business. I don’t think text messaging is the way to approach sales of companies,” explained Silkin. 

“That first text message might be, ‘I’d like to talk to you about something.’ Those were my only two real offers…they weren’t real. Those were the only two rinky-dink offers I’ve ever had.”

Cary Silkin did not take CM Punk seriously

The second offer Silkin got was from WWE legend Jeff Jarrett which did not please him either. Silkin was not particularly moved by a text message approach for a huge business deal like that.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: CM Punk fights in the first round in his welterweight bout against Mike Jackson during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Jackson won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

“In 2010, his business tactics weren’t the best, or else it was a fleeting thought by a friend of his,” concluded Silkin. 

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As a former ROH Superstar himself, Punk may have wanted to take the wheel for the developmental promotion. ROH has become increasingly famous for recruiting wrestlers that eventually go on to become major stars in WWE and AEW. 

Needless to say, Silkin sold the company in 2011 to the Sinclair Broadcast Group which has been in control since then. Silkin himself was responsible for taking ROH a long way.

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Business etiquette is quite important in deals like this, but CM Punk was never a man who respected the authorities, anyway. Vince McMahon probably has a lot to say about that. 

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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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