When CM Punk abruptly walked out of his job with World Wrestling Entertainment, the sports world was dumbfounded. Now, several weeks after the dust has settled, it’s rumored that CM Punk has been granted an early release from his WWE contract. Whether or not the rumors are authentic remains to be seen. Regardless, at this juncture, CM Punk abandoning the WWE would be a good thing.
There is no doubt that CM Punk is one of the most popular pro wrestlers in the world today. He is a consistent marquee headliner for the organization, and he is the second foremost merchandise mover, after superstar honcho John Cena. But even the biggest superstars, indifferent of talent, burn out once in a while. Such was the case with 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductee the Ultimate Warrior. In the early 90s, the Ultimate Warrior’s stock had risen so atmospherically in the WWE that he cleanly defeated Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 6. It was an unprecedented feat at the time. But soon thereafter, the extensively demanding road schedule, public appearances, and talk show shilling became burdensome. Warrior caved under the magnificent pressure and was quickly demoted. With Hogan back on top, Warrior faded out of the business.
CM Punk’s latest sabbatical is just further proof that Punk may not be capable of laboring the voluminous WWE schedule. When Punk initially left the WWE in the summer of 2012, he spent weeks complaining about the WWE and their political structure. It wasn’t too long afterwards that the interchangeable political machine was able to reign in CM Punk and extend his contract. This last tantrum has been linked to not being able to main event Wrestlemania 30.
At this point, it would be best for all parties involved to walk away and take a separation. For the WWE, they can easily fill the throne that CM Punk abdicated with a more partisan Daniel Bryan or Sheamus. For CM Punk, it’s a beneficial time to take away from all the stressors involved in the high impact world of wrestling. Punk is straight edge. Unlike many of the people involved in wrestling, he doesn’t have any vices that allow him to blow off steam. He may be carrying more hardship on his shoulders than the typical main event superstar. He deserves time off to re-evaluate his life and goals, without having a concrete commitment to a company.
Long time wrestling fans have a tendency to compare sportsmen of today, with the athletes of yesterday. John Cena is the modern day Hulk Hogan. Daniel Bryan is the Randy Savage of today. And given his latest predicament, CM Punk is the Ultimate Warrior reincarnate. He’s a popular and beloved personality whose backstage politics may become detrimental to his career.