Count Randy Orton as one of the people in WWE that are rooting for CM Punk to do well in UFC. He has said to those around him that if Punk does well in MMA, then it gives professional wrestlers some credibility as athletes. Orton feels that people underestimate their abilities because the outcome of matches are scripted and predetermined. Several other wrestlers share the same opinion and will be watching his debut match intently.
April 6, 2015
A lot of wrestling fans have been speculating on the potential departure of AJ Lee from WWE. However, it should be noted that she is still under contract with the company. Unlike her husband, CM Punk, she does not want to walk away from the deal because she wants the door left open for a potential return. AJ is said to still be quite passionate about being a wrestler, so a comeback after an extended break remains a very big possibility.
February 5, 2015
Todd Grisham and CM Punk had a little reunion during an ESPN interview, and the latter admitted the hypocrisy of his situation in UFC. Punk stated that it did bug him when part time wrestlers would come back to WWE and take spots from the full time guys. He also stated that he is aware that he is doing the same thing to MMA fighters. However, Punk feels that he is providing opportunities for opponents to make a good amount of money.
January 3, 2015
During his much talked about podcast interview with Colt Cabana, CM Punk revealed that he was up for the lead role of 12 Rounds Reloaded, but Randy Orton got the part instead. Those were not the only two wrestlers that were being considered by WWE at the time. John Cena was the first choice, as management wanted him to reprise his character from the first movie. It has now also been discovered that Chris Jericho turned down the role as well.
December 19, 2014
Prior to the big UFC announcement, CM Punk was being courted by another promotion. He had received a call from Ring of Honor, his former home, to see if he was interested in making a return. The former world heavyweight champion was not interested in being a full time professional wrestler at this point, so he declined. ROH reportedly attempted to get him to make a couple of appearances, but he declined that invitation as well.
December 11, 2014
Even though he is no longer a part of the company, CM Punk remains a hot topic of discussions backstage between the wrestlers and officials. Many were wondering if the former world heavyweight champion can make the successful transition to mixed martial arts, while others were concerned that Punk has been receiving more attention over the last couple of weeks than anything that the industry itself has done.
December 8, 2014