- During the Warrior documentary, there’s a scene where Warrior meets with some of WWE’s merchandise people about some of the things they had planned for him. On the wall, there are recent WWE pay-per-view posters hanging. The 2014 Royal Rumble poster had a post-it note stuck over CM Punk's face. Thanks to Brandon & MikeyR for sending this screencap in:
You know just when you think wwe can’t be any more pathetic they go and prove you wrong…
Regarding an interesting point, when Steve Austin talked about when he walked out in 2002, he noted that because he breached the contract, he got no royalties. He noted bills kept coming in and money wasn’t coming in. That was his reason for saying he thought Punk would be back. However, with Punk, I don’t know the details of the terms legally and financially they split on. It’s very clear both sides agreed neither would say anything negative about the other, or even speak of the split. Punk is still getting royalties on his merchandise, which are pretty substantial. Even as of a few weeks ago, he was second only to Cena in merchandise sold. Officially, Punk is still not suspended, nor fired, nor released, but simply on a leave. Chael Sonnen, who is friends with Punk, was on Wrestling Observer Radio. Sonnen said he had talked with Punk at one point. He said that at first he thought what Punk had told him (which one would presume to be that he had left the company) was a work, but said that as time has gone on, he’s thinking that it’s the truth.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Yes, the response to that funny photo of CM Punk on a milk carton was incredible. While I respect everybody’s opinion – as long as it is given in a respectful way, I have to disagree with those out there who find great fault in Punk’s simply walk away. I am kind of like a ghost that drifts in and out of WWE, but in my past three years of drifting, I have never been to a WWE event where Punk was not in considerable pain. Ice packs, heating pads, and visits to the trainer were as much a part of his daily routine as eating. sleeping, and wrestling. Performing at that level, in that degree of pain was only possible when accompanied by the passion that turned an unlikely Indy kid into one of the greatest WWE superstars of his generation. Once that passions gone, then so are all of the things that made him great. I know what it feels like to go through the motions, and to do what needs to be done solely for the paycheck. It’s not pretty – and though I have not talked to Punk since the night before he left, I have to believe he has too much respect for what he does to let people see him going through the motions. If or when that day comes when CM punk returns to WWE, I hope it’s with that same passion that made so many of you care about him to begin with. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.wwe.com/f/styles/ep_trending/public/gallery/thumb/2012/09/RAW_1009_Photo_060.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2012-09-24/mick-foley-cm-punk-photos&h=361&w=642&tbnid=HtmPShzV4PpsvM:&zoom=1&docid=ETDLUIvVmKrIHM&ei=dvhOU-3rPNHl0AGPqIGYBA&tbm=isch&ved=0CEUQMygPMA8