COMMENTARY | After a lengthy hiatus from the WWE, disgruntled pro wrestler CM Punk will be returning to television on Sunday, March 16. No, don’t grab your remote to DVR the season premiere of WWE’s Total Divas. Real life sweethearts CM Punk and AJ Lee will not be appearing together on the WWE reality show. Instead, CM Punk will be appearing live on AMC as part of a panel on Talking Dead, discussing The Walking Dead.
Although The Walking Dead is very popular, I can only imagine how many millions of WWE wrestling fans will tune in to AMC at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 16 just to see CM Punk. Since he left the WWE, Punk’s legions of fans have been starving for any news on the straight edge superstar. In fact, he hasn’t even tweeted since January 27 when he told his fans via Twitter, “Thanks for all the support. Keep being you guys, it’s pretty cool.”
At this time, no one knows if CM Punk will address his situation with the WWE. However, we can go back two years to get a hint. This isn’t the first time CM Punk will be appearing on the Talking Dead. On November 25, 2012, Punk was also on Talking Dead. As you can see in this footage, although they talked almost exclusively about AMC’s Walking Dead, there were a couple of times in which the discussion switched over to wrestling.
However, the world in which we live today is very different from the one we lived in the last time CM Punk appeared on Talking Dead. On Sunday, 478 days will have passed between CM Punk’s Talking Dead appearances. When he was last on the show, CM Punk was the reigning WWE Champion, a moniker he held for 434 days. Needless to say, there was no reason for controversy or “pipe bombs” on that episode of Talking Dead.
If CM Punk was angry enough to walk away from the WWE, it’s hard to imagine the outspoken wrestler not taking a shot or two at his employers this time. However, I don’t expect any major announcements, like if he is officially retiring or if he’ll be wrestling for TNA, ROH, or New Japan any time soon. Some people think CM Punk may be interested in MMA, which is another reason to pay attention to his television appearance on Sunday.
After leaving the WWE in January, CM Punk has left his fans starving for news about his immediate future. Even a slim chance of such an announcement on AMC’s Talking Dead on Sunday will have millions of WWE wrestling fans tuning in just in case CM Punk crosses his legs on the couch.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick’s favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick’s favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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